Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years. It started in China and used a way medically to treat patients that have fatigue, paralysis, chills, fever, or poor circulation. They developed a press and rub technique that could help with all of these problems. From there, massage made it’s way to Japan, where it became a popular profession to people who were blind. The Japanese went on to develop many different kinds of body world that would be the foundation of what massage is today. India is another region known for using massage techniques many years ago. Many tools in Ayurvedic medicine refer to using massage techniques as a holistic way to help balance the body and promote wellness. To this day, massage is still a big part of Indian culture. In Ancient Greece, massage was widely used to help with the recovery of their athletes; they believed that human touch is incredibly powerful and can encourage self-healing in the body. Over time, massage continued to play a huge part in bridging the gap between the world of holistic health and clinical medicine.
Why you should try it:
As a massage therapist, I come across all kinds of people of all different ages who have never received a professional message. When I worked in a spa, I thought it was always such an honor to work on someone who was new to massage because it meant that I could help him/her get all the wonderful benefits of a massage with just using my hands. Professional massage or even massage that you do on yourself at home can bring you so many wonderful benefits. It is the most amazing self-care and stress reliever. Most people look at it as a luxury, but it really doesn’t have to be that because there are plenty of places that offer membership discounts. If that still doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of ways to perform a massage on yourself at home.
Massage lowers blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels after just a few minutes. It encourages the body to relax and it eliminate stress hormones from the body. It can also help put us into a meditative state and allow us to feel more relaxed.
Stress can lower our immune system, so when we take the time to relax and recharge it can significantly gives our bodies a boost. Massage has been known to promote better sleep and reduce inflammation, both of which can boost our immune systems.
If you’re the kind of person who works out all the time, you know the feeling of muscle soreness; massage can help. When you massage you are warming the muscle tissue and helping to bring fresh blood to the area. You are also encouraging the body to stay flexible and relieve any stiffness or tension in that area that could have been caused by exercise.
Massage can help relieve back pain and pain from injuries because massage can increase flexibility in the body, encourage muscle repair, and ease tension in the body. Combining massage with chiropractics can also help with postural problems that would otherwise cause stress and pain in the body, especially in the lower back. Connective tissue can also be released by certain massage techniques that can help free stuck muscles and joints. Massage can also help loosen tight muscles that may be compressing a nerve, causing pain. Many people also see a decrease in headaches because massage also helps promote stress relief and better sleep … two things that can trigger headaches. Relieving muscle tension in the face, head, neck, and shoulders also can aid in reducing headaches.
Massage helps get things moving in the body, especially blood and lymph. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating waste from every cell in the body. Massage can help increase lymphatic flow to boost waste elimination. Blood also plays a big part in keep our bodies clean, and as we massage we are increasing circulation to every part of the body so that the blood can bring nutrients and oxygen to those areas.
Massage helps with anxiety and depression because it decreases stress level and promotes relaxation. After a massage, you are left in a calm, almost meditative, state that can stay with you the remainder of the day. Massage also allows the mind to wind down and the muscles to eliminate tension. During a massage, the body can eliminate stress hormones, ease pain, and release more feel-good hormones – serotonin and dopamine – that will boost your mood.
DIY Massage at Home:
You can perform a self-massage at home. Find a lotion that is free of any bad ingredients, that smells wonderful, and spend some time working on yourself. After you get out of the shower or bath, focus more time than normal remoisturizing your body with lotion. Use this time to slow down and give your muscles more attention and work the lotion or oil into the skin with your hands. The goal is to get blood back to the heart so it can be renewed; so, as you massage your skin, start at the feet and work your way up. At the neck, work from the top down and at the arms apply lotion from the hands inwards.This will push blood and lymph back to the center of the body to be filtered and renewed. Be mindful and connected to giving yourself while performing self-massage because this will give your muscles some much-needed attention and will help you relax and de-stress.
We recommend you get a professional massage at least once a month to experience all of the benefits. If you are adding massage into your self-care routine at home, we recommended you try to self-massage at least once or twice a week.