How Massage Can Help You Stay Healthy And Physically Active

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy

If you have ever had a really good massage, you know how relaxing it can be, and how good it can feel. Have you ever wondered about the additional health benefits a quality massage can bring? A massage is not only a pleasurable experience, but it also has real health benefits. A massage can help you stay healthy and physically active. For some people a massage is part of their regular wellness and exercise routine.

A Regular Massage Reduces Stress and Improves Health

When asked about the main cause of over-eating in their life, most people admit that they are stress eaters. Stress is also a contributor to immune system depletion, which can make it easier for illness to invade the body. A soothing massage’s main benefit is the reduction and release of stress. The entire massage experience with the comfortable table, the darkened room, and the soothing music is a stress reducer. Include, on top of that, the therapeutic manipulation of your body’s soft tissues by the skilled hands of a massage therapist, and you have a recipe for total stress relief.

Increase Your Body Awareness

Body awareness is a person’s ability to be aware of what is going on with their body and understand how it moves through and balances in space. Regular massages help increase a person’s body awareness. The majority of people go through their lives with little to no body awareness. They ignore (or give very little thought to) what they consume, how they treat their body, and any warning signs it may throw at them.

A massage forces a person to slow down and listen to their body. A massage makes a person more aware of the aches, pains, and signals that their body is sending them. This understanding and awareness of what is happening to your body and the signals it is sending you is a positive effect of regular massage. Body awareness through massage helps people take better care of themselves and improve their overall health.

Stay More Physically Active

Whether they do it or not, everyone knows that regular exercise is important to maintaining a healthy life. Most people, however, will come up with every excuse under the sun, such as sore muscles, low energy, or a general ill feeling, to get out of exercising. Massage can help people overcome the muscular pains and low energy levels to help them maintain regular physical activity.

There is real science behind the health benefits of massage. Blood flow to the joints and muscles is increased during massage. A massage also causes the body to release opioids, which are the body’s natural pain killers. With a decrease in pain and an increase in the repair and healing of muscles and joints, the body is able to more easily sustain physical activity.

No longer should a massage be seen as a decadent luxury for the rich and spoiled. Massage has real health benefits. Massage reduces stress (a pre-cursor to weakness and illness) and allows the body to relax and slow down, which increases overall body awareness. By assisting with healing, muscle repair, and pain management a regular massage will also help people stay more fit by allowing them to maintain a greater level of physical activity.

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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.
It 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, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
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 to be 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.

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