If you have ever received a Euro-spa massage then you know how good they can feel. Sure, they might even be a little painful, but at the core, massage releases tension—so in order for it to truly be effective, you have to address that tension.
Yes, massage helps you to relax, but this actually only one of many benefits you receive from a very good massage. For example, some health experts speculate that upwards of 90 percent of disease—as we understand it—might be due to stress; so getting a regular massage might not only help you to “feel” better, but it could actually make you healthier too. Obviously, a good massage can alleviate stress, but there are so many other incredible benefits, too!
The Primary Benefits of Massage
A quality massage provides you with excellent physiological benefits. First of all—and as we said above—a massage helps you to release tension. Basically, then, you can use massage to alleviate pain. Indeed, massage is often used as a form of therapy for professional athletes, as massage improves circulation which speeds repair and helps tired, aching muscles to feel more rested and rejuvenated.
These fundamental benefits are the typical reasons most people seek a massage. Professional athletes, as mentioned, need physical release—as do people in other professions which require long hours of hard physical labor. Also, people who perform shift work—food servers, bartenders, etc—can benefit from massage; and even those who sit at a desk all day might find that a quality massage helps to balance out the muscles that are not used as much against those that are used a little more.
The Secondary Benefits of Massage
After you work out all the physical knots and kinks you will certainly feel more relaxes, but that is not just because you have relieved tension. As mentioned briefly, above, massage also improves circulation and that means you get more oxygen and nutrients in the blood, delivering them to the muscles (and organs, too) and more efficiently transporting waste products away to be disposed of/cleaned. Improved circulation means faster recover, higher quality rest, and, simply, more feelings of elation and comfort.
The Specialty Benefits of Massage
In addition to the primary and secondary benefits of massage—the basics—some forms of massage actually provide specialty benefits. For example, lymphatic massage attempts to address certain imbalances in the body through the draining of the lymph system. Your lymph nodes become inflamed (fill with liquid) when you have damage to an organ or an injury of some kind. Draining the lymph system can restore the body to equilibrium, reduce pain, boost immune response, and even help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.