The Physiological Effects of Monthly Massages
Sure, it feels great to pop in and see a massage therapist every now and then. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and relieve stress during an incredibly crazy time. It’s Newport News. There is always something going on. The shipyard is nearby, the military is everywhere, and it seems there is a rush everywhere we go. Self-compassion and the idea of splurging on yourself for once, otherwise known as “Treat Yo-Self,” means that it’s actually really great for you to spend a little time on self-care. So sure, next time you need a break, stop by, and get a massage. I am in Newport News by Hilton village, so after, you can always take a nice walk and see many of the lovely shops nearby.
However, have you considered regular, monthly massage appointments? Besides having one day set aside each month for a relaxing spa session, you will actually start to see some physiological effects of regular massages as well. Here are a few short-term and long-term ways you may start to notice your monthly self-care trip benefits your health. After Three Months of Routine Visits to Your Massage Therapist:
Lowered Anxiety and Stress Levels: Even after your first massage, you will start to notice that you feel more relaxed. This can be a significant plus if you suffer from stress and anxiety. When our bodies experience stress, we tend to tense up our muscles, which leaves our bodies feeling tired and sore. Just one massage helps loosen up these muscles, increase blood flow, and lower stress and anxiety. Breast cancer patients had even reported feeling less depressed and less angry when incorporating regular massage into their schedule. Reduced Chronic Back Pain: If you are suffering from the debilitating problems associated with chronic back pain, you know the effects. You know how much it can cut into your daily routine and leave you feeling frustrated, in addition to the pain you’re already experiencing. A study found that after 10 weeks of regular massage, people experiencing chronic back pain felt less discomfort and even needed fewer painkillers to manage their symptoms. Cut down on the number of trips to your medicine cabinet with regular trips to see your massage therapist. Help with Insomnia: Massages increase your serotonin levels, which aids in your ability to fall asleep, and stay asleep. You may find yourself relying on sleeping pills to get some shuteye, which nobody wants to have to take. Unlike other sleep aids, which can be harmful or addictive, you’ll experience no adverse side effects from a massage. You’ll find yourself able to fall asleep a little easier - especially after an evening massage. After Six Months of Monthly Massage, You’ll Feel:
For Patients with Diabetes: If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, regular massage could impact your blood glucose levels. Especially when massages happen at the injection or site of absorption for insulin, there have been marked improvements observed in lowered blood glucose levels. Additionally, regular, increased blood flow resulting from your monthly massages can help with neuropathy symptoms that accompany diabetes, such as nerve pain. Make regular visits to your massage therapist to see improvements in your blood sugar levels, and feel like you’re getting incredibly pampered, all at the same time. Reduced Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Even after your first massage, if you experience the pain of fibromyalgia, you will notice decreased pain, but with regular massage, you will start to see the following benefits as well: Better sleep (especially after evening sessions) Improved muscle strength and function Improved mental clarity (as a result of lowered stress) Headache relief Decreased stress and anxiety Focus for ADHD: Studies have shown that massage has helped increase focus and decrease the stress and anxiety that can accompany ADHD, especially in children. While immediate improvements were demonstrated in their ability to focus and be less squirmy and more attentive in class, continued massage therapy has also shown long-term behavioral modification in the classroom. There was also an uptick in confidence as well. If your child is particularly squirmy, regular massage may help them pay attention to what they need to be doing in the classroom and at home. What You’ll Feel After Twelve Months of Regular Monthly Massage: Continued Improvements for Patients with Diabetes: After 12 months, regular massages, especially at the insulin injection or absorption site, can help Type 2 patients not only see lowered blood glucose levels as seen after six months of massages but actually close to normal blood glucose levels. Additionally, you may also notice a reduction in the amount of inflammation you are experiencing as well. Lowered Blood Pressure: A high blood pressure can leave you at risk for stroke and other major health complications. It’s actually been proven that relaxation or regular massage lowers your blood pressure. You can help keep your blood pressure in check, all while enjoying the rejuvenating benefits of massage, with regular sessions with a skilled massage therapist. Additional Health Benefits: Other ways that regular massage can help improve your overall health? With improved blood flow comes improved immunity, making you less likely to pick up to cold that might be floating around your office or at your kids’ school. Are you training for a race, spending a lot of time at the gym, or in a pilates class? After an extended period of regular massages, you may also begin to notice an increased range of motion. Because you are repeatedly reminding your muscles to relax and frequently releasing the tension, you may find yourself feeling a little bendier in your yoga classes. Tense muscles make it much harder to see your full range of motion, and happy, relaxed muscles support an increased motion range. It’s not just one day a month to splurge on sixty to ninety minutes of pampering. Regular, monthly massages will leave you feeling healthier and happier and truly make a difference in your overall well-being.