How Massage Therapy Provides More Than Relaxation
Massage has long been considered a way in which we relax or recovery
from injury. In many salons and spas, today, massage therapists are
offering a variety of specialty massages to treat ailments, promote
relaxation and even promote health for pregnant women who desire a
But, did you know that massages provide more than relaxation and
recovery from injury? There are many facets of massage that the average
consumer is not even aware of. For example, if you suffer from a sleep
disorder, massage can improve your sleep by increasing delta waves,
promoting deep sleep both on the massaging table and in the days
following massage, when you return home.
Preparing for a test or significant presentation at work? Massage is a
great way to boost your brain function, including memory. This is the
reason that many employers, today, are promoting the use of 15-minute
chair massages during the workday. Promoting brain wave activity,
massage can provide an improved state of awareness and increase
alertness, great for anyone who needs a boost of brain power within the
24 hours after a massage.
Beyond injuries, other mental and physical ailments can also be remedied
and prevented with massage. For example, because massage therapy
promotes the release of natural antibodies, boosting the immune system,
while also decreasing the level of cortisol, associated with stress, you
can decrease the risk of catching the common cold, suffering from
depression and even remedy many of the complaints associated with PMS.
In recent studies, it has been found that massage may stimulate the
activity of the left side of the brain which is the side of the brain
that is most active when we are pleased, happy or excited. While the
right side of the brain is depressed, leaving less opportunity for
sadness, stress and depression. In fact, massage is a great way to
improve the mental and physical health of patients who are anxious about
surgery or chemotherapy.
While spas and salons across the country offer a variety of excellent
services to their clients, massage is probably one of the most
beneficial services. Unfortunately, most clients are only familiar with
the restful, relaxation and injury recovery aspects of massage and fail
to realize the many other therapeutic benefits.
If you suffer from PMS, depression, the common cold, or just need a
boost of brain power and help with sleeping at night, consider a massage
as your all natural choice for treatment at your next visit. Schedule your appointment with Athletic Edge today!