We can all link relaxing massages to a plethora of health benefits, including a more flexible, stronger body, an improved posture, reduced discomfort, and stronger pain coping skills. Nonetheless, have you ever wondered how a massage therapy session could actually benefit your mind?
As experienced massage therapists, we can tell you that firm, gentle touches meant to take your pain away will also have a soothing effect on your mind, allowing you to achieve and maintain a balance between your mental and physical health.
How Do Regular Massages Benefit Our Mind and Body?
To understand how massages can actually influence your mental health and overall wellbeing, we invite you to become acquainted with the positive physiological and psychological effects of these invaluable therapeutic tools.
Physiological Effects. For starters, let’s focus on the ties between massages, and the client’s body and all its systems. By regulating blood flow, the practitioner manages to relieve tension in one’s muscles, offering the key to a supreme pampering experience that makes the client feel weightless and absolutely relaxed.
When overly stressed or tired, many people experience persistent or sudden back pain associated with other symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, and reduced concentration. Fortunately, all these warning signs indicating that your body needs to be refreshed and rejuvenated can be wiped off with a gentle, healing touch. As the massage therapist is working on your body, you will experience a delightful sense of weightlessness, and achieve a deeper connection between your mind and your exterior shell. In the long term, getting regular massages helps us all become more positive, self-aware persons, and take better care of our bodies.
Psychological Effects. Many clients ask us: could we actually become happier people by adding regular massages to our weekly wellness routine? Our answer to this question is always yes. A study conducted in the late 80s indicates that physical contact achieved via massage could have a beneficial long-term effect on premature babies.
The babies born before due date who received regular massages managed to gain weight faster, and were also considered more socially responsive than the rest. As a result, they were sent home six days earlier than the other premature babies. In this context, many researchers firmly believe that a constant physical contact can speed up the development of babies, and also help individuals of all ages recover faster after any traumatic event, such as an injury or a stressful life experience.
Sometimes, the skin-to-skin contact offered via a pampering professional massage experience is all we need to tap into our full potential, awaken our life force, and fuel our own growth on different levels. Massage therapies enable our bodies to release oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, to improve our mood, as well as our relationship with ourselves, and the ones with create and maintain with other people.