Body Massage Benefits
Massages have been performed and practiced for thousands of years in Rome, Greece, Egypt, India, China, Japan and other South-East Asian countries. Body massage is the using of hands, elbows, knees to promote healing, therapy, relaxation and wellbeing.
In today’s fast paced world, stress and anxiety has become part and parcel of life.
Body massages work to rejuvenate and refresh the body’s innate healing abilities while calming the tense muscles that can cause strain, pain as well as lead to certain disorders. Let’s look at some of its benefits, these are:
Massage for Stress & Anxiety
Stress has been known to cause as well as be triggers for heart conditions, blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss as well as reduced immune function. While there may be an impact on the physiological factors there is also a major impact on the psychological aspect of the human body
Studies have shown that massage therapies decrease depressed moods, stress hormones, and anxiety levels. While research cannot conclusively state why or how massages work as a relaxation technique, traditional massage history have certain belief that their massages are based on.
Pregnancy can bring along with stress, anxiety, joint pains, muscles pains, and sometimes even depression due to the hormonal changes that the body goes through. It is important however to keep in mind a few things before going for massage when pregnant, these are:
- Body positioning during the massage
- Certified massage therapists
- Awareness of sensitive pressure points
Research has shown that massage therapy with various techniques can help to address all these concerns.
Headaches can be caused due to a variety of reasons but the most common reasons are due to emotional and physical stress. Certain massage techniques that can help reduce headaches are:
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Neuromuscular therapy
- Deep tissue massage therapy
Some experts believe that premature babies are exposed to highly stressful environment with high intensity noise, bright light, and a lack of perceptible touch stimulation that they would otherwise be getting in a mother’s womb. Massaging in neonatal care is the slow, gentle stroking of each part of the body.
It is used an intervention to promote development and growth of preterm babies. It is highly advised that only medical care experts in neonatal care perform this type of massage.
Massage experts believe that massages boost circulation. Poor circulation of blood and the lymph fluid can lead to fluid pooling in the extremities and the build-up of toxins due to improper release of waste. Massages help circulation with the pressure created by different massage techniques, aids in sending blood to the congested areas, and causes new blood to flow in. These same techniques also assist in flushing away the lactic acid from the muscles and enhance the circulation of the lymph fluid to improve the removal of metabolic waste.
Your facial skin and muscles can go through premature aging, slowing of blood flow, lines and wrinkles, grimy skin and clogged pores due to a poor diet, certain lifestyle choices, stress, and pollution. Facial massages help by improving and increasing circulation to the face, activating the lymph nodes, and relaxing tightened muscles.
Emotional & mental benefit
Many people go for massages to relax and de-stress emotionally and physically, and people usually leave feeling refreshed and renewed. The calming effects of a massage can be attributed to more than one factor such as:
- Aromatherapy oils or scented creams meant to soothe the nerves
- A calm and soothing environment
- Low lighting
- Soft music
- The release of endorphins to relieve pain and bring about euphoria
- Release of serotonin, the happy chemical