Everyone knows what a massage is. Most people have a good idea what some of the health benefits are too.
So, why do so few people have massages unless they are prescribed for medical reasons?
The excuses I hear most often are lack of time, don’t have the money, and being nervous about what to expect.
Let me tell you this – there is a workaround for all those excuses, and whatever your other reasons you come up with for not having a nice, relaxing massage.
Here are just 5 compelling reasons why you should put all your excuses to the side, pick up the phone, and book a massage for yourself – do it today!
Massages Help with All Those Aches and Pains
We all have aches and pains from time-to-time, it just can’t be avoided. If you workout and keep fit, you’ll have pain due to the micro-tears in your muscles and tissues, it’s normal.
On the other end of the spectrum if you sit around all day and don’t exercise at all, you’ll still have aches in your muscles from not using them enough.
What matters is what you do with these pains. If you ignore them and just assume they’ll go away, you’re wrong. Plus, you’re probably doing some permanent damage.
Making the time for a massage is literally the best thing you can do for your body to speed up recovery, strengthen muscles and tissues, increase your flexibility, and much more.
Don’t live with aches and pains when there is a simple, and enjoyable solution. It gets better too, just read on for more reasons why you need a massage.
Massage Is an Excellent Natural Solution to Stress
Outside of working on specific injuries, the stress relieving effects of a massage is one of the main reasons book a massage. And, certainly one of the top reasons people go back for more after experiencing the effects.
Stress leads on to a number of other physical and mental health issues if you don’t do anything about it.
It’s not enough to think things will improve in your life and you’ll start feeling better when you come out the other side, you need to take action and massage therapy is the perfect answer.
Massage therapy stimulates the release of ‘feel good’ hormones, it relieves tension in your muscles, helps you think clearer, and more as I’ll continue to explain throughout this article.
Massage Boost Your Immune System
I won’t go into the finer details around why it’s a good idea to keep your immune system healthy as I’m sure you’re well informed in this area.
However, what you probably didn’t know is that massage therapy is a great way to strengthen your immune system, primarily because it stimulates your body to produce more white blood cells.
White blood cells one of the important lines of defence against diseases. If you’re the kind of person who is always trying to fight off colds and other viruses you’re going to enjoy this benefit.
Massage Can Help Relieve Depression and Anxiety
Most people think of the physical benefits of massage due to its hands-on nature, but there are some mental benefits that can make a huge difference to your life too.
Most notably the ability to help relieve the symptoms and effects of depression and anxiety. This is because a massage can help with any tension you’re holding in your muscles, as well as help you sleep better, lift your mood, and help you think clearer.
Combined with some of the other lifestyle changes you need to break free from the anguish of these mental health conditions, you can make some positive changes in your life with the help of massages.
Massage Helps You Sleep Better
Lack of sleep can, and will lead on to some serious health issues the longer the problem persists. The good news? A massage can make the world of difference.
Massage techniques are used and taught in hospitals and medical practices to new parents to help them get their infants to sleep better.
So, it’s no surprise that massages help anyone of any age sleep better. This is due to the techniques used releasing more serotonin in the body, a hormone that helps you relax.
Let’s not forget that by relieving any physical pains like muscle knots, aches, pulled muscles, and so on will also help you sleep better.
Precautions to Be Aware of Before Booking a Massage
I can’t tell you all these benefits of having a massage without covering some of the precautions to be aware of.
The good news is, there are very few things that should stop you having a massage. Plus, you will have a consultation with your therapist before your first session, so you have a chance to discuss any concerns.
One of the most important things a lot of people overlook is being and staying hydrated enough. Drink plenty of water the days leading up to your massage, and drink lots of after to maximize the benefits of the therapy.
I’ve covered in detail what happens if you don’t drink enough water after a massage. You’ll feel dizzy, may have headaches, and take longer to recover. So, please, drink plenty!
So, What Are You Waiting For?
If you haven’t already started Googling massage therapists near you from all the wonderful benefits you’ve read in this post, do so now.
There are literally no reasons not to book a massage. You’ll feel amazing afterwards, trust me. The only negative I hear from people after a massage is that it didn’t last long enough!