With scientific studies producing consistent results about the positive health benefits of massage, this alternative medicine practice is being embraced now more than ever as a healing aid for a variety of American aliments. The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Mayo Clinic have all jumped on the feel-good bandwagon, and in honor of July 14-20 being Everybody Deserves A Massage Week, CPH and Associates is giving you five great reasons to celebrate!
5 Reasons Everyone Deserves A Massage This Week:
- Stimulate & Detoxify Your Body – the stimulation of blood flow is the main catalyst for many of the related health benefits associated with massage. This increased circulation stimulates the lymphatic system which is responsible for cleansing the body of toxins and waste to maintain good health and digestion. The only other way to stimulate this natural purification process is through physical activity since the system does not have a pump to propel cells to action.
- Reduce Stress Levels – multiple studies show that a 45-minute massage is effective for reducing the body’s production of stress-causing hormone, cortisol, while at the same time naturally boosting levels of the feel-good hormones, dopamine and serotonin. These hormonal changes trigger a decrease in heart rate and naturally reduce blood pressure. This combination of chemical responses provokes deep relaxation of the body and helps to calm the busyness of the mind. Stress, understood to be caused by elevated cortisol levels, has many known negative effects on the body. Massage therapy is an effective way of keeping these hormones under control.
- Improve Your Attitude & Increase Alertness – recent studies have compared an hour on the massage table to the equivalent of taking a happiness pill given the increased levels of dopamine and serotonin. Both of these hormones stimulate the brain’s pleasure receptors, resulting in improved feelings of well being. Other research has linked massage therapy to the activation of specific brain waves, creating the sensations associated with the proverbial ‘runner’s high.’
- Improve Your Posture & Increase Range of Motion – since most Americans work up to eight hours a day in a seated position without being aware, posture typically begins to suffer. This can create a host of associated health problems including back and neck pain, poor breath circulation, and may even lead to spine deformation over time. Massage therapy eases general achiness and muscle tension, and with regularly-scheduled appoints posture will gradually improve as the muscles are guided into proper alignment to better support the body’s weight. The increased circulation also stimulates greater fluidity of the joints, allowing for a greater range of motion.
- They Feel Great – let’s be honest, yes there are a TON of great mental and physical health benefits linked with massage, but at CPH and Associates we have to admit, the feel-good sensations is the enough to convince us to celebrate!
Massage therapy is for our bodies what a good tune-up does for a car. As time goes on we all experience daily wear and tear. Massage therapy reminds us to slow down and give our bodies the maintenance it needs for optimum performance. If you’ve never treated yourself to a professional massage, this is definitely the week to try!