The benefits of massage

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It’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by work and everyday pressures. Try to make time for yourself. One of the best ways to do so is to treat yourself to a massage. Not only can a massage help you relax, but it can have other benefits too.

Massage therapy is a proven way to reduce stress in a natural way. While a certain amount of stress can be good for us and actually motivate us, long-term stress or stress caused by ongoing situations can be quite harmful. Studies have shown that massage therapy is a great way to reduce harmful levels of stress hormones in the body while increasing levels of endorphins.

There are a number of different types of massages. The most common include Swedish massage, which is a gentle form of massage that helps to relax and energise; deep massage, which uses slower, more-forceful strokes and helps with muscle damage from injuries; and sports massage, which is aimed at sportspeople and aims to help prevent or treat injuries.

You don’t necessarily need to go out of your way to get a massage. One particular study used an on-site massage therapy chair. And, sure enough, there were significant reductions in anxiety levels were found for the massage group. The Homedics Shiatsu Chair Massagercan greatly reduce stress and muscle strain. Plus, it’s small and compact enough that you can carry it around with you.

One of the ways to deal with busy days ahead is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. The Swedish Sleep Medicine Institute (SSMI) maintains that both the quantity and quality of an individual’s sleep directly affect their health. Of course, if you’re very busy or stressed, resting easily at night is easier said than done. Massage therapy, according to the National Institutes of Health, can reduce fatigue and improve sleep. The American Massage Therapy Association, as unbiased as they may be, said that massage has been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly alike.

All of us have clipped a door or table. Our first instinct is to rub whatever body part took a knock to relieve the pain. Massage can work in much the same way. If you have sore muscles, a massage can help to increase and improve circulation, which eases muscle pain.

You don’t need to be walking into objects to feel tired or sore. Long days can take their toll on us physically. Whether you’re walking to work, on your feet all day, or even driving your car for a long time, your feet can feel quite tired. You need to take care of your feet. They’re tasked with keeping you standing and getting from point A to point B each and every day.

Putting your feet up is one solution for aching feet. But you could also treat yourself. The Homedics Massage Pillow, Elle Macpherson 3 in 1 Foot Spa, or Homedics Foot Massager greatly help relieve the stress and strain in your feet muscles.

Life is busy, but hopefully we’ve convinced you to take a break every now and again. Massages don’t take hours and they can provide significant health benefits. Remember to make time for you.

In Short: Massages can help you to relax and unwind, but they can also have other significant health and wellbeing benefits.

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