Everyone loves a good massage, especially after a long day of work or a particularly vigorous game of team sports. But have you ever thought about the actual benefits of a massage? Sure, it is a great way to relieve stiffness and pain, but here are some other things to think about the next time you are lying on the table and your massage therapist is working out those kinks:
Anxiety AND DEPRESSION
Anxiety can be difficult to live with. When we are anxious, it is common for our muscles to tense up and knot. You know the feeling: you can almost feel the muscle lumps under your skin. That state can be extremely uncomfortable, which has the side effect of potentially making a person’s anxiety even worse. Massage causes your muscles to relax, making it easier for your whole body to follow suit.
Anxiety and depression can go hand-in-hand, and studies show that massage can also help to ease the effects of depression.
The more relaxed you are, the better your sleep will likely be. Also, if you suffer from pain, the relief a massage brings can also make it easier to drop off at night.
HELPS COUNTER THE EFFECTS OF SEDENTARY JOBS
It seems like there is a new report every week on the negative effects of jobs that find people spending extended amounts of time sitting. In addition to the negative effects this can have on your circulation and heart, it can cause your muscles to become knotted up, as well as neck and back strain; a massage can help a lot with these.
IMPROVE YOUR EXERCISE LEVELS
Most exercises are more effective if the participants do some stretching first. Massage is even better at relaxing those muscles and leaving you in a physical state that is perfect for everything from Pilates to marathon running.