Massage therapy is the manipulation of your body’s soft tissues through varying degrees of pressure and movement. Generally considered part of integrative medicine, it may be used for a wide range of medical conditions. The treatment has been known to reduce stress, lessen pain and improve immunity, to name a few.
This article looks at how and why you should make massage therapy a part of your lifestyle, by answering the following questions:
Massages help your body release endorphins, which are brain chemicals that help you feel well. This ultimately helps reduce stress hormones like adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. This is especially important because studies show that high levels of stress hormones can impair the immune system.
Generally, it is recommended to get a massage one or two times a month. For people experiencing high levels of stress however, getting a massage once or twice a week can really help them cope with the build up of tension.
In pain management situations, the frequency of massages recommended may differ based on the condition. Although, it can follow a pattern called “diminishing frequency,” where patients experiencing severe pain may receive one to three massage sessions in the first few weeks until the pain is reduced, allowing for less sessions with their massage therapist.
Anybody who commits to doing physical work, on the other hand, like athletes, dancers or people whose jobs require more physical activity than most, may need to speak with a therapist on a routine that suits their physical needs and wellbeing.
So, how can you make massage therapy a part of your lifestyle? If you have the resources to visit a massage therapist regularly, it can be something you look forward to every week or month and not by the near end of your insurance benefit period.
Here are some things you can do to make your massage visits regular, rather than occasional:
There is comfort in knowing that you have something to look forward to, like a massage. Time for yourself does not have to be rare but should be implemented regularly, as much as possible.
If you don’t have time to visit a massage clinic, there are other ways for you to cope with a stressful lifestyle all on your own.