When you think of massage, you probably think of relaxation but there are many additional health benefits to be gained from enjoying this relaxing service.

But, let’s start with discussing the benefits of relaxation. Massage relaxes all tension in the muscles. It can even lower the body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. The two together not only relax the body, but also the mind. If you haven’t enjoyed the benefits of massage, relaxation alone is enough reason to try a session. Let all the problems of your day drift away as the massage therapist works to relieve your tension and ease your mind.

As if that wasn’t enough, here are six more health benefits of massage:

1. Alleviate Back Pain
Back pain is a common complaint in our society. Studies have shown that massage can decrease low back pain as well as the disability associated with it. It’s well worth trying massage before opting for more invasive procedures.

2. Regain Full Range of Motion
When muscles tense up, you lose your full range of motion. You’ll have a hard time reaching, stretching, and sometimes even walking. Discuss the areas where you are tense with your massage therapist so they can focus on improving your movement.

3. Improve Circulation
Massage stimulates blood flow by moving blood through tight or congested veins and arteries. In turn, additional blood comes into and through these same areas, increasing the amount of oxygen traveling through your body and sometimes even lowering your blood pressure.

4. Improve the Immune System
During a massage session, the circulation of lymph increases. This fluid is responsible for carrying metabolic waste away from internal organs and muscles. This improves the immune system and helps the body fight off illness more effectively.

5. Relieve Headaches
Through massage, tension headaches can become a nuisance of the past. Typically, these headaches come on due to tension in the head, neck, and shoulders.

6. Improve Sleep
When you take into account the relaxation that massage provides along with the many health benefits, it makes sense and research has proven that regular massage improves sleep.

Massage can be used to address certain musculoskeletal issues but it also should be used on a regular basis as maintenance for your body. Another tool along with a healthy diet and exercise that can keep your body functioning well.

Looking for even more reasons to enjoy a massage? Check out these 25 reasons from the American Massage Therapy Association (https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/3124).

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