While it is well known that a massage therapist can help you to relax when you attend a spa, there is so much more that they can help with! If you aren’t yet ready to start Googling “massage near me” then read on for four things — besides relaxation — that your massage therapist can do for you.
1. Correct Desk Posture
Most individuals sit at a desk to work — and often in a poor posture — which puts pressure on your shoulders and neck while causing a curvature in the spine. This postural stress can also cause pain and weakness lower down the back and into the glutes, especially if you have been sitting for long periods of time.
2. Ease Muscle Soreness After a Workout
A massage therapist can help improve circulation to sore muscle areas, which then helps to remove the lactic acid or other harmful toxins from that muscle. Therefore, your massage therapist can also help to reduce the effects of DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) and get you ready for your next activity.
3. Improve Your Mental Health
Firstly, a human touch can work wonders for your mind. In this safe, friendly, and professional environment, it can be relaxing and reassuring. Studies have shown that those who receive regular massage therapy reported being less depressed and angry, as well as more relaxed. In a study of depressed and anxious children and adolescents, massage helped them feel happier and less stressed.
4. Relieving headaches
Massage therapy has been shown to decrease the frequency and severity of tension headaches. This may be partially due to the increased blood flow that then goes to your brain and head, releasing any harmful toxins from the affected area. The massages given by our therapists also help to relieve and reduce stress, making you calmer and therefore less likely to continue experiencing that headache.