Sure, a massage feels fantastic, but did you know these
important health benefits?
Working from Home? Massage counteracts all that sitting you do
“Most people are dealing with some kind of postural stress,” says Deanne, Daybreak massage therapist in Wyandotte & Woodhaven, “That stress can manifest in the shoulders and neck.” And desk workers, beware as sitting is considered the “new smoking.” More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting. The benefits of massage therapy can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting.
Working out more? Massage eases muscle pain
Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. “Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain,” says Holly, Daybreak massage therapist. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found benefits of massage therapy as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
2020 & 2021? Massage soothes anxiety and depression
“Human touch can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing,” says Debbie, Daybreak’s licensed massage therapist in Woodhaven, confirmed by study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, that found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
Massage improves sleep
Not only do the benefits of massage encourage a restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. “Massage promotes relaxation and sleep,” says TJ, a massage therapist at both Woodhaven & Wyandotte.
We all need more of this: Massage boosts immunity
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease. Massage also “improves overall immune function” says Kai.
Allergies? Migraines? Massage relieves headaches
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says Cristina, a massage therapist serving both Daybreak spas. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches. Always consult your health provider for information and to identify the therapies best for you.