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I think that most people can agree that receiving a massage feels fantastic. Relaxed muscles, a soothing atmosphere, and a time of rest can certainly bring a smile to anyone’s face. And while massage therapy feels wonderful, there are also significant benefits that might make you think about scheduling an appointment sooner rather than later. Massage therapy eases pain and reduces muscle inflammation that could debilitate movement and bodily function. A mere ten minutes of massage can greatly reduce aches and stiffness, allowing for a fuller range of motion.
While massage therapy soothes physical aches and pains, it also manages anxiety and depression that many of us have experienced at one time or another. The work environment can be full of fast-paced, demanding situations that could deplete one’s productivity and work efficiency. Massage decreases cortisol levels, a stress hormone, lowers blood pressure, and increases the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine so that one feels happier and more relaxed. Also, massage can improve healthy sleep. Not only can a relaxing massage make one drowsy during the time of the massage, but it promotes healthy patterns of regular sleep due to its affect on delta waves, the type of brain waves associated with deep sleep.
While massage soothes tense muscles, research also suggests that massage therapy improves the functioning of the body’s immune system. The results from one study conducted in 2010 suggested that massage could escalate the body’s white blood cells responsible for fighting disease. Not only can it boost the immune system, but some research has also implied that massage can deplete PMS symptoms, such as bloating and mood swings.
Another key benefit is massage’s affect on brainpower. We all know the lull that overtakes our brains after working in the office all day. A 1996 study conducted by the Touch Research Institute found that people were more alert and efficient after receiving a 15-minute chair massage. Also, a short massage can alleviate headaches and can considerably reduce a person’s amount of migraines and the level of pain experienced during a headache. In addition, massage can help people undergoing treatment for severe illness, such as cancer, because it can alleviate fatigue, pain, depression, and more in patients. Finally, massage can have beauty benefits that can make one look younger and more refreshed. The increased blood flow induced from massage therapy can add vitality to one’s skin and hair and can give a person a beautiful and rejuvenated glow.
There are many benefits to massage. With the stress of work and everyday life, massage might be just the thing that you need to feel relaxed and uplifted. It eases pain, improves health, boosts brainpower, and reduces stress and depression. A perfect pick me up during a tough work day, on-site chair massage in your office could be a wonderful way to create a positive atmosphere and boost the productivity of employees.
In 2001, I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage and have never looked back on my mission to bring peace and harmony into a stressful, work-centered culture. I am the CEO of Massage Kneads. In October 2006, I started my business, Massage Kneads, and have been enriched professionally ever since. My college business degree and my passion for massage was the perfect marriage to start my own company, Massage Kneads! With 13+ years of medical sales behind me, I realized that in all offices, large and small, the “knead” for some relief within the corporate world.