5 Benefits of Getting a Massage in Autumn

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage, Massage Therapy

Benefits of an Autumn Massage

Massage Therapy Does More Than Just Relax You

Are you constantly bogged down at work and struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Already feeling overwhelmed by the impending holiday season? We get it. This time of year can be extremely stressful for people, and it doesn’t take long for it to wipe you out completely. Coupled with the fact that you’ll likely have to spend time out in the yard raking leaves or shoveling snow, you’re looking at a mentally and physically taxing season.

Don’t let the holidays get you down. If you are stressed out or in pain, something as simple as a massage can get you back on track.

Massage Helps to Relieve Stress

When you’re stressed, your body triggers its natural “fight-or-flight” response, elevating your heart rate and causing your muscles to tense up. Massage therapy counteracts these effects.  During treatment, a massage therapist activates pressure points linked to the vagus nerve, which regulates blood pressure. This stimulation helps lower your body’s blood pressure. Multiple studies have also shown that participants undergoing massage therapy saw a decrease in the body’s production of cortisol (the stress hormone) and an increase in production of endorphins (your brain’s  “feel-good” chemical).

Decrease Anxiety and Depression

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety or depression, you know what a toll they can take. But something as easy as a massage can boost your mood and relieve anxious feelings. When you receive a massage, your body releases serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is responsible for stabilizing your mood and balancing any excessive stimulating neurotransmitters that cause anxiety and stress. Dopamine, on the other hand, battles depression and helps you focus.

Massage Can Help Boost Immunity

If you never seem to get away from those nasty winter colds, perhaps a massage could help. A study published in the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” found that massage therapy increased the presence of the body’s natural killer cells. These cells act as the immune system’s first line of defense, destroying cells that contain tumors and viruses.

Sleep Better After a Massage

When you don’t get enough sleep, you get cranky. But did you also know it can open you up to chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression? Sleep plays a vital role in our overall health, but it’s not always easy to get in the recommended eight hours per night. If you find yourself tossing and turning, try massage therapy. Research has shown that massage therapy can improve sleep for just about everyone, including:

  • insomniacs
  • people with psychiatric disorders
  • people who suffer from migraines
  • people in physical pain

Thanks to the increase in serotonin from your massage, your body has an easier time producing melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. A massage can help you spend more time in the deeper stages of sleep responsible for restoring your body.

Reduce Back and Neck Pain 

Your eight-hour workday does more than leave you mentally exhausted; it can leave you with uncomfortable neck and back pain. Spending long periods of time at your desk, hunched over your keyboard creates tension in your neck and back. Luckily, a massage can help. The American Massage Therapy Association states that massage therapy can benefit people who experience chronic lower back and neck pain. Massages help get your blood flowing, giving your body the aid in needs to restore your strained muscles. Plus, the physical kneading of pressure points on your neck and back relieve muscle tension.

Fall Onto Our Massage Table at Matrix Spa & Massage

If you’re ready to put your stress, winter blues and pain behind you, schedule a massage at Matrix Spa & Massage today. We offer a range of massage services, including deep tissue massage, and hot stone massage. Right now, if you book your appointment between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., you can get a Swedish massage for just $49. Visit our website or call us today at 801-505-9340 to make an appointment.


Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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