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Benefits of Massages: Rubdowns, Muscle Relief, Migraines

Updated on February 26, 2014

Why Are Massages So Beneficial?

Indulging in a massage can be extremely beneficial to your mind and your body. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), most people get massages for pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. However, some people get massages for relaxation and stress reduction. In fact, according to AMTA, many health care providers are now recommending massages for pain or stress management and almost all massage therapists receive referrals from healthcare professionals. Certain health insurance policies may also cover message therapy when it is necessary and prescribed by a physician.

A massage therapist can perfectly tailor a message to suit your individual needs and many message venues offer a multitude of various massage packages to suit your tastes and necessities.

Couple's Massage


More Than One Way To Get a Massage

There are many physical and mental benefits of partaking in a massage by a licensed massage therapist. The effects of a massage can have long-term benefits for your body that include fostering a peaceful and inspired psyche, fitness advantages, body system health, energy, strength, and well-being.

A well delivered massage will result in relaxation, peace, and rejuvenation within the recipient. A personal massage appointment offers tranquil moments which can allow the recipient special alone time. A massage can also be an anticipated event that a person can treat themselves to. A couples massage is also very satisfying in that it can offer intimate time together in a relaxing setting. Additionally, bonding with a friend over a massage day is very enjoyable and fulfilling, as well. Afterwards, you will leave feeling harmonious and full of energy.

A massage can release dopamine, serotonin, and oxytoxin in the brain - all feel good hormones
A massage can release dopamine, serotonin, and oxytoxin in the brain - all feel good hormones | Source

Hormones and Massages

Although this is a physical activity, a great body rub down clears the mind, inspires creative thought, manages stress and tension, and opens the mind. Indeed, during a massage your brain will release 1) dopamine which makes you feel gratified and improves normal brain functioning, 2) serotonin which is a general mood enhancing hormone, and 3) oxytoxin which is another feel good hormone. Negative hormonal releases of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol that are associated with short-term and long-term stress decreases during and after a massage. The releasing of positive mood hormones, as opposed to negative mood hormones, tends to lead to an improved immune system and improved digestive system functions. Overall, massages can contribute to exceptional mental health and positive brain activity.

A Natural Alternative

Aside from assisting with a variety of mental disorders, massaging also has exceptional physical benefits. Partaking in a massage session can serve as a natural alternative to ingesting all of those strange medications that your doctor may prescribe. Massaging can offer superior advantages for a person wishing to sustain a healthy lifestyle, as well as for a person who is suffering with an uncomfortable ailment. Some of the physical perks of massages are:

Physical Perks of a Massage

Some of the physical perks of massages are:

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Alleviates body discomfort
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Soothes aches
  • Decreases muscle stiffness
  • Manages migraines
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Eases alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Minimizes pain in cancer patients
  • Manages symptoms created by various other physical illnesses
  • Reduces Carpal Tunnel symptoms

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Athletes and Massages

It has also been discovered that athletes benefit from the occasional massage – before and after the big meet. For an athlete who must remain in top form at all times, a great massage can assist in increasing flexibility and improving posture. Massaging also stretches tight muscles and can definitely improve the overall performance of any athlete. An athlete will definitely have the competitive edge over their competition since massages also help to prevent injuries. Should an unfortunate accident occur while competing, a massage therapist can also assist with the recovery process post-injury.

Final Soothing Thoughts

If you have never had a massage, you no longer have an excuse not to try it. With all of the physical and mental advantages that massaging can offer, it would be a very good idea to schedule your appointment today. You have nothing to lose but you have many benefits to gain.


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