In a fast paced life, self care methods such as massage therapy usually fall to the end of our to-do list full of full of family, work, school, sports, and all of the mundane day-to-day chores and errands that tend to overwhelm us. However, if you want to feel more energized, clear-headed and less stressed to free up mental capacity for tackling your to-do lists, massage therapy just might be something you NEED in your life rather than something you do as an afterthought.
Research has shown that the physiological effects of an hour of massage is equal to 8 hours of sleep. Now that doesn’t mean that massage can replace a good night’s sleep, but it can help ease a tired body and mind in the same way that sleep can in just 60 minutes!
Here are just some of the many benefits of massage therapy:
- Increases circulation
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases dopamine
- Decreases cortisol
- Reduces chronic pain
- Lessens the effect of anxiety and depression
Although massage therapy is a fantastic tool for athletes and anyone suffering from chronic pain, you don’t have to be an athlete and shouldn’t prevent injury and chronic pain from setting in.
Monthly massage can leave you feeling more energized, more productive and better able to handle the trials life throws your way. It is an amazing tool that has been used for centuries, so if you’re finding yourself feeling lethargic, stressed, or unable to focus on everyday life, consider regularly scheduled massages as part of your self care routine to take advantage of the benefits on both your body and your mind.