We all now April brings showers, cherry blossoms, open-toed shoes as well as today’s tax deadline. As you scramble to finish your taxes and then rush to the post office for a April 15th postmark, to only get there and wait on a longer than usual line, you begin to feel your stress level bubble to new heights. Instead of getting caught up in a storm of stress and anxiety that tax season can bring on, melt away tension and fatigue with a therapeutic massage, which will nurture you body, mind and overall well-being. Read on for a few delicious reasons to treat yourself to a massage today.
For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety, stress and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.
If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote a good night’s sleep. A number of studies have examined this link, and chalk it up to massage’s affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health magazine.
A traditional massage or deep tissue massage can help improve the functioning of your immune system. In one 2010 study, researchers found massage increased a person’s disease fighting white blood cells. Also helping to aid the body in breaking up and releasing toxins found in the body a massage will have you feeling healthier, lighter and more energized.
Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular rubdown can reduce a person’s number of migraines, as well as limit how painful each headache feels, according WebMD. A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.
Ease Cancer Treatment
Because of many of the benefits listed above, massage is particularly helpful for people living with or undergoing treatment for serious illnesses, like cancer, and some studies have shown that massage can relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, and nausea in cancer patients.