When it comes to keeping healthy, exercise and diet together are what will get you the best results all the way around. But did you know that getting regular massages can also help you to stay healthy?
Other than just for sensual reasons, massage can relieve stress, release toxins from your muscles, organs and lymphatic system, help increase the mobility of your joints and also help to alleviate symptoms of certain diseases.
Here are a few more benefits achieved by getting therapeutic massages:
*Increased circulation of blood throughout the body
*Improve and strengthen your immune system
*Relief of body pain
*Improve blood flow to surface of the skin, thus improving its appearance
*Lessen pain of migraine headaches
*Releases endorphins into the blood, making you feel wonderful!
*Alleviate symptoms of arthritis
*Improve and facilitate the healing of scars
*Lowering of high blood pressure in some patients
*Improved athletic performance
*Faster recovery from strenuous workouts
*Improved range of motion and joint flexibility
*Decreased need of medication for certain ailments
These are but the tip of the iceberg of what massage is good for.
The most common types of massage you can find just about anywhere:
The last time I went, I made the mistake of asking for the "sports massage". I swear, that lady dug her fingers into my muscles so hard I spent to whole time trying not to cry! Even after I told her it was too hard, it still hurt! I will be sure to opt for one of the "gentler" massages next time I go, seriously! ')
Nowadays, you can also get hot stone massages, and massages combined with aromatherapy, among many other creatively conceived ones. I still have yet to do a hot stone massage. Always looks great in the pics! ;)
While it is a bit of an "extra" expense to many, (especially in this crazy economy) if you can at all, try to get a massage at least once a month or every other month if you can. More than just for stress release, relieving sore, achy muscles and just feeling great, the health benefits of a properly give massage are absolutely worth it!
When's the last time you had a good massage?