Massage as a means of recovery can be enormously beneficial for fitness enthusiasts who want to limit themselves, people who are just starting an exercise routine and even those who are trying to regain mobility after an accident or injury. Here at Medicalmasseur, we are well aware of the many benefits of massage that go far beyond the obvious: an hour to relax and unwind.
We consider massage as a way to “set up” your body and at the same time bring down your stress levels. We do not consider massage as a luxury extra or a luxurious splurge, we consider it an important pillar of well-being, and therefore we are proud to be able to deliver massage in just one hour via our website.
Below are some of the biggest pains and pains that can be alleviated by booking a massage.
Sporty and workout recovery
Sports massage is not only great for training recovery, but it can also help to prevent sports-related injuries. According to the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), the benefits of sports massage include:
- Variable heart rate recovery and diastolic blood pressure after a high-intensity exercise
- Reduced creatine kinase post-exercise in serum
- Reduced swelling
- Reduced muscle hypertonicity
- Reduced muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
- Improved athletic performance
- Increased freedom of movement
According to Men’s Journal, after participants in a workout / massage-related study received a message after a training session, two specific genes in the muscle cells were affected. From Men’s Health :
While other treatments for painful muscles such as ice baths and pharmaceutical drugs can reduce inflammation, these treatments actually block muscle recovery and growth. Massage can speed up muscle recovery and give you a good feeling!
Stress and anxiety lighting
40 million Americans aged 18 and older suffer from some kind of fear every year. That is almost 18% of the total population. What is striking is that only about 36% of those people are looking for some form of treatment.
When you receive a massage, cortisol levels decrease. What is cortisol? It is that rude stress hormone that flows through our body. Even after only one session, your cortisol levels can drop by up to 30%.
Best massages for stress relief are Thai massage, Swedish massage, and Hong Kong massage.
A migraine headache
The dreaded migraine – we have all been there (or almost there.) We try to exclude light, to remove the area of noise, to take medication and to do everything to reduce the banging in our heads. The next time you feel headaches, try to get a massage.
Massage can relieve muscle tension in the neck, jaw, and shoulders, which is actually the path of many “cervical” headaches. According to the National Institutes of Health, massage “has the potential to be a functional, non-pharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headaches.”
More than 30% of Americans are exhausted and 10% of that total group is not just a bit tired, they are completely on sleepless! Anne Williams, the study director of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, says: “massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative phase in which the body hardly moves, reducing the neurotransmitter that accompanies pain.” Do not say that a sleep massage will cure your insomnia, but it has been proven that stimulating serotonin levels in the human body helps induce sleep, make you sleep more efficiently and reduce pain that keeps you awake.
There are plenty of reasons why you could throw and run at night: work and family stress, muscle pain and pain, anxiety … there is always something that can keep us from getting the recommended 7+ hours of sleep we need. You never know, asleep massage may be your secret weapon!
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