Everyone knows that massage is a relaxing experience, but you may not be aware that its benefits exceed that. Beyond how enjoyable it is, massage also relieves a whole host of symptoms. In our previous blog, we started going over some surprising benefits of massage. In this blog, we will continue our list.
Headaches can be crippling, and if you are one of the millions of Americans who get them on a regular basis, then you know how true that is. Massage works to reduce the chances of experiencing a tension headache or migraine by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms. It can also treat the tension brought on by a headache. For a massage to best address headaches, your massage therapist will focus on the head, neck, and shoulders, decreasing the discomfort brought on by pressure and tension.
Improve Blood Flow
If you have high blood pressure or circulation problems, a massage may be just what you need. Massage enhances blood flow, which can, in turn, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Over time, this leads to better overall blood flow and helps the body function optimally.
Flexibility is important to prioritize for several reasons. When you are more flexible, you are less prone to injury, have a greater range of motion, and are stronger. Massage improved flexibility by stimulating the production of the joints’ lubricants. Working the muscles, tissues, ligaments, tendons, and joints, massage keeps your movement more fluid, preventing injury.
Enhance Athletic Performance
It’s very common for massage therapists to be on staff for professional athletes, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Massage improves athletic performance by enhancing blood flow, allowing the muscles to warm up more efficiently and effectively. If you are an athlete or are just looking for a way to improve your performance, a massage may be just the ticket.
Many people are unaware of this benefit, but massage has therapeutic advantages for people with ADHD. Recent research had teenagers with ADHD take ten massage treatment classes for two weeks, then report back on their symptoms. ADHD patients who got massages were less fidgety and were better able to focus on tasks than those in the control group.
Get Better Sleep
Everyone knows by now that sleep is an important part of our physical, mental, and emotional health. Adults over age 18 are supposed to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. However, this is easier said than done if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from a sleep disorder such as insomnia. If you are looking for a natural way to treat your insomnia, massage therapy may exactly what you need. Massage stimulates the release of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, and melatonin, the sleep hormone. This makes for a better night’s sleep and, in turn, an increased quality of life.
Now that you know all the potential health benefits of massage, why not come in and try one at Unique Threading Salon? Our massage therapists would be happy to help! Come visit us in Chelsea.