5 Best Ways to Use Massage Therapy
2. Supercharge your immune system There is tons of research on this topic. When our immune system is healthy and vibrant we have a much better chance at warding off colds, the flu, and even things like cancer that show up when our immune system is highly compromised. Gotta care for our little T-Cells!
3. Reduce injury intensity (pain sensation) and duration with massage Hopefully we won’t get injured, but if we do, people who get regular massage experience less pain and heal noticeably faster. This is great for outdoorsy athletes, and especially everyone over 40 because of the way our healing response slows with age. Even if we don’t get regular massage, when massage puts our body into the relaxation response, it reduces the sensation of pain everywhere in our whole body.
4. Avoid common effects of stress and muscle constriction It’s estimated that up to 85% of Dr. visits are related to the effects of stress in some form. For example, digestive issues and ulcers, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and more. When we’re stressed out and our muscles constrict this causes decreased circulation and holding toxins in our tissues which greatly contributes to headaches, migraines, chronic pain, and skin issues. Get a massage and get those muscles relaxed and flowing.
5. Build a more intuitive relationship with yourself Studies have shown that people who do yoga and get regular massage tend to eat better and generally take more control over their own health. A huge benefit of experiencing our natural state of relaxation and flow is that we can become very aware of things that take us out of that. We notice when our breathing shifts, when our intestines rebel, when our emotions constrict our neck and shoulders, and we can actually do something about it right in the moment. #SelfLove, one of the most important things in life.