1) Improve Sleep:
Massage can promote healthy sleep! Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves, which are linked with deep. Oh so that’s why it’s easy to drift off on the massage table!
2) Ease Pain:
Eight out of 10 Americans will experience debilitating back pain; if it lasts more than three months, it’s considered chronic. Massage can help!
Another study showed people with long-lasting low-back pain who got a one-hour Swedish or structural massage once a week for 10 weeks felt and functioned significantly better and faster than those who received standard medical care; they also used less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
“We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga,” Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.
3) Ease Anxiety:
A review of studies that measured the stress hormone cortisol in people before and immediately after massage found the therapy lowered levels by up to about 50%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine; two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. That may play into why massage has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, to increase calm before surgery and to decrease stress and depression in cancer patients; in fact, a recent Turkish study found back massages given during chemotherapy significantly reduced anxiety and fatigue.
4) Boost Immunity:
Massage in Brier Creek may give the immune system a boost by helping to increase activity levels of natural killer T cells, which fight off viruses and tumors.
Past, preliminary science suggested full-body massage enhanced immune function of women with breast cancer; a newer but also early study on premature babies came to a similar conclusion: Those who received massage therapy had more active killer immune cells (and gained weight faster), compared with infants in the control group.
5) Reduce Blood Pressure.
Women with prehypertension (or slightly elevated blood pressure) who received three 10-minute Swedish massages a week for 10 total sessions lowered their pressure more than patients who relaxed in the same environment but with no massage, according to a small study. Other more recent research on 35 older adults showed therapeutic massage also helped reduce blood pressure, as well as improve stability.
6) Raise Alertness:
Want to boost your brainpower? Adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a small 1996 Touch Research Institute study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately.
7) Curb Headaches:
Headaches can be alleviated thanks to massage! Regular massage can reduce a person’s number of migraines, according to WebMD, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels.
Massage works by increasing oxygen and blood flow to tense muscles. .During a tension headache, muscles of the scalp, jaw and neck are tightly contracted. The blood vessels supplying oxygen to these muscles are constricted, so that the muscles must work with an inadequate supply of nutrients. It is believed that this combination of muscle spasm and inadequate blood supply is the main cause of pain in tension headaches. Massage helps relax the contracted muscles.
A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.
8) Celebrity Beauty Secret:
Massage in the right places can even have beauty benefits. Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in) and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.