Are massages really good for you?


Is it a luxury or necessity? Do we really need it? And, does it truly help us in both body and mind?


 

Each one of us encounters different kinds of stress and at the end of the day, all we want is to rest and de-stress. Fortunately for us Filipinos, there are several spa services to help us de-stress and get that much needed revitalization.  One of the common spa services is  the massage, the manipulation of soft tissues in the body. A massage is commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or even a device.

The purpose of a massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles. It releases and relieves tension, soreness, and pain.  Massages have since evolved into different types and can cover most of our bodies.

With the entire fad surrounding massages, do we really need it? And does it truly help us in both body and mind? Let us sneak into some information about what massages can actually do for you and your health.

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Massages today are considered as a form of alternative medicine in conjunction with  different treatments. Because it makes someone more relaxed, it helps in faster recovery of people with illnesses such as digestive disorders, headaches, anxiety, sports injuries, soft tissue strains, among others. While massages are beneficial to treatment and recovery, please note that this is not the ‘main thing’.  The purpose is to help the patient’s recovery in conjunction with other treatments.

Everyday we engage in certain activities that may strain our bodies or make us sore. By getting a massage, it helps reduce and ease the pain to help us function better. And because our bodies become more relaxed during the procedure we feel more at ease ––that help us sleep better at night.

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  • Massages are proven to boost our immunity.  According to the researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,  those who received a 45-minute massage had an increased number of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease.
  • Massages helps relieve headaches.  Getting a massage on a regular basis helps the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.
  • Massages help women during their pre menstrual syndrome (PMS)because it can help eliminate the feeling of bloating and mood swings.
  • Massages raise alertness because you are in full capacity once your body and mind relaxes.  Even the shortest massage session can give you that much needed boost to keep you going through the day.
  • Lastly, massages can improve your skin because it increases blood flow that contributes to the shutting out of toxins so that the cells can absorb more nutrients. Since massages use natural oils or products such as coconut oil, chocolate or coffee scrubs, these ingredients are proven to be beneficial for the skin.massage04

So if you’re planning to get that massage, don’t hesitate and do it. You and your body deserves to be pampered. A massage is never a luxury ––it is a necessity for a more healthier you.


 

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