Regular massages have been proven to be beneficial. As Dr. Mark Rapaport for Shape explains, “Weekly massages seem to have a cumulative positive effect that is sustained over time.” We know it can be challenging to carve out time weekly for a massage, but you can find time once a month to give your body the healing touch it needs you too can enjoy the following benefits!
Massages Reduce Stress
Often people turn to massages when they need to de-stress, but did you know there is scientific proof that this works? Time reports, “[a] study on massage found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped 31% following a rubdown.” Rather than heading to an Austin spa when you feel stressed out, schedule a monthly massage to help eliminate stress before it wreaks havoc on your body.
Improve Your Mood
That same Time report also found “levels of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin increased roughly 30%” after a massage. In other words, you feel better, and your mood is lifted after a massage! The Mayo Clinic explains, “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension […] Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.”
Monthly Massages Keep You Healthy
Again, people often mistakenly view massages as a way to pamper themselves. While we certainly believe you should pamper yourself, massages, like vitamins, can work wonders on your overall health by strengthening your immune system.
For example, Time reports, “In terms of improving immune function, […] the hormone and nervous system shifts that take place following massage may protect the immune system’s natural killer cells—a type of white blood cell that fights off viruses and helps prevent tumor growth.” That’s huge!
9-5-ers Desperately Need Regular Massage Therapy
If you are like most Americans, you spend much of your waking hours being sedentary. Whether you are sitting at a conference table or in a cubicle for most of your workday, you are doing serious damage to your muscles and joints. Those stiff shoulders and your poor neck need some relief! Monthly massages are an excellent way to address work-related muscle tension.
Workouts and Massages Go Hand-in-Hand
If you exercise regularly, then you also need to get a massage regularly. When your muscles start to feel sore after intense workouts, it is time to find relief for the tightness in your muscles. Shape explains, “Massage may decrease acute inflammation due to overuse of muscles, so it may be very helpful in decreasing stiffness, pain, and inflammation.” Your Austin massage therapist can focus on trouble spots during your monthly massage appointments so you can continue working out and reaching your goals.
Massages Relieve Pain
Did you know massages work like a natural pain reliever? It’s true! Dr. Tiffany Field for Shape claims, “Massage reduces physical suffering by decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin, which is the body’s natural painkiller.”
Here’s another way to think about it. Whenever you bump your elbow or stub your toe, what is your natural reaction? You rub it! We are naturally inclined to rub and to massage the hurt area, so it makes sense that massages are an effective tool for dealing with injuries or even chronic pain.
Regular Massages Help a Variety of Medical Conditions
Scheduling a monthly massage is especially beneficial to individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions. For instance, headache and migraine sufferers find great relief from receiving regular massages.
In addition, the Mayo Clinic claims, “Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain.” Today, it is common for doctors to suggest regular massages to patients who suffer from these types of ailments.
Since therapeutic massage is most beneficial when scheduled regularly, we offer a variety of affordable monthly massage memberships ranging from 30 minutes to 120 minutes. Even better – unused massages rollover, so you don’t lose your massage credits! Plus, we give members an additional ten percent off our other spa services!
Invest in yourself by making a monthly massage a part of your regular self-care routine.