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Looking for a reason to have a massage? How about: you deserve one? Not a good enough reason? If the thought of strong, knowledgeable hands kneading your aches and pains into submission is not enough to send you running for the massage table, would a little bit of science do the trick? Massage is not just about rubbing down sore muscles or relieving anxiety. A growing body of research shows that massage may be even more beneficial than you think. Read on to see if you find your reason to treat yourself to a little massage style pampering.
It Counteracts Sitting Damage
You may have heard sitting is the new smoking, so here is your chance to get clean! Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist says, “Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not, that tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.” Reports say that the most advanced forms of posture related stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteus caused by long periods of sitting.” How’s that for a reason to get take a break from your desk job on the massage table?
It Relieves Muscle Pain
Want a metaphoric message? Apparently, the rubbing motion of the massage helps to relieve the aches and pains of sore muscles. Tanason says, “Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain. ”
A study published in the Annals go Internal Medicine found the message is just as effective as any other treatment for relief of chronic back pain.
It improves Sleep
Want to get more Zs? Try a massage. Not only can a good rubdown help you sleep better, it can also bring sleep to those for whom comfortable sleep is a challenge. Massage therapist Lisa Marie de Miranda says, “Massage promotes relaxation and sleeps in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.”
Apparently, adults are not the only ones who sleep better after a good massage. Research from the University of Warwick says messages help infants cry less, sleep more, and also reduces their stress levels.
Relieves Tension Headaches
If you’re a headache sufferer, here’s a great reason to head to the massage table.Tension headaches are caused by muscle contraction in the face, scalp, neck, and jaw. Massage can reduce pain and muscle tightness caused by a tension headache. Research from the Granada University in Spain found that perceived pain in those with chronic tension headaches decreased after just one session of massage.
Massages make you happy! “Human touch,” says Tanason, “in a context that is safe, friendly, and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.”
According to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, women with breast cancer who underwent massage therapy three times a week experienced less depression and anger than those who did not.
Did you find your reason to get a massage? Got a better one? Let us know what sends you to the massage table.