Massage – more than relaxation
At Emerge Natural Health Care we believe massage is an essential element of your health and wellness program.
Aside from just feeling good, getting a massage has many benefits. The science says that massage may:
- Reduce pain
- Reduce stress
- Improve mood
- Increase flexibility
- Improve sleep
- Improve circulation
- Reduce or eliminate headaches
Sometimes we get so caught up with work and our daily tasks that we neglect ourselves, our health and wellness. Some of us may even feel that massage doesn’t belong in the health and wellness category and is just an extravagance. Many of us use massages as a way to relax after a long day, but some of us go beyond that. Some of us need a massage as part of our routine or for medical or physical reasons.
So, how do you know when you need a massage?
- It’s been a long time. The number one way to tell if you need a massage is that you have not had one in a long time. If this is the case, you definitely need to schedule a massage so you can remember how good it can be.
- You have neck and back pain. Many everyday things can cause neck and back pain, sitting too much, standing too much, lifting too much or just your workout at the gym. A massage can help relieve the pain.
- Lack of sleep. Increased circulation and relaxation from a massage may help you sleep better.
- Massage reduces stress hormones and increases endorphin levels. Massage is a great way to relieve stress.
- Headaches are painful and getting a relaxing, therapeutic massage can relieve tension in the muscles of the head and neck which may dissipate your headache pain.
A massage is just like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you’re the star. And you don’t miss anything by falling asleep!
~ Elizabeth Jane Howard
Allowing yourself to relax, doing something good for yourself and receiving skilled touch from a massage therapist can really help you feel better.
Getting the stiffness out of our muscles and getting some more blood flow into them can help reduce pain and headaches.