The Benefits of Massages
Believe it or not, massages aren’t just an enjoyable and relaxing pastime, they’re also incredibly beneficial for your body. In fact, certain types of massages incorporate many useful techniques and therapies to ensure your body is maintaining its optimal level of health and wellbeing.
What is a massage?
A massage is a form of manual therapy. It uses a hands-on technique that involves the rubbing, pressing and manipulating of the skin, nerves and muscles. There are several types of massage techniques used today including remedial and sports massage. Although these two types of massages differ slightly in technique, they achieve a similar outcome.
What are the physical benefits of massages?
Massages have many benefits including:
- Reducing pain through reducing muscle tension and soreness
- Improving blood flow circulation
- Stimulating joint mobility
- Reducing stress through reducing the hormones that cause stress
- Increasing relaxation by releasing of positive endorphins
- Accelerating the recovery of soft tissue injuries
What physical conditions improve with massages?
Massage can be used to assist with a variety of symptoms and conditions. These include:
- Muscle strains
- Acute injuries
- Chronic injuries
- Lower back pain
- Thoracic pain
- Cervical pain
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Mispositioned bones
- Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
For most conditions, massages are used as an adjunct therapy to assist in the recovery and healing process, and to achieve the common goal of enhancing optimal bodily function.
Do you feel like you could use a massage? Book an appointment with our massage therapist, Vanessa Lenz.