Massage: Necessity or Luxury?

When we talk about a spa day, or even a simple massage session, they are still many out there who feels that it is a luxury rather than a necessity. But is it really a necessity? Well, to some people it is. It may have started out as a luxury but then once they have seen the improvements that it has made to their daily lives, they have decided to make it a necessity.

So how do you know if it’s for you?

Let us take a look at the benefits of a massage. Studies have shown that the human touch is a soothing and calming sensation when done in a safe, friendly and professional way. Premature babies develop faster physically and mentally with constant human contact from their parents or caregiver. The same can be said to all infants and also humans in general. That is why it feels so good to be hugged after a long day at work. Or when something bad happens, we look for a hand to hold to keep us calm.

For those who spend long hours sitting at the desk, a massage can counteract the imbalance caused by prolonged sitting, which usually happens in the neck and shoulders. In some severe cases, even the lower backs and gluteus are affected. A massage helps to improves and increases blood circulation which in turn would improve one’s sleep. As we all know, sleep is important.

But how does a massage really helps?

You know how when you bump your elbow against the wall, or even when you fall and hurt your knee, the first thing that you would do instinctively is to rub your hand against the affected area. Why? Because it helps minimize the pain. By doing that, you are also ‘massaging‘ the area and after awhile the pain goes away.

Imagine doing the same thing to your whole body. When muscles are massaged, they relax which in turn reduces stress hormones exposure. It helps to increase the release of serotonin – a chemical in the body which maintains mood balances – which then leads to the increase of melatonin. Melatonin is what helps to control your sleep and wake cycle. When your sleep regulates and you are able to get a better night’s rest, you would wake up feeling more refresh and alert. Who wouldn’t want that? And since massages helps release muscle tensions, it would also help to reduce snoring which I’m sure your significant other would be thankful for. =)

So back to the question, are massages really a necessity? I say give it a try, at least once before you decide. And should you have a bad first experience (which I REALLY hope you don’t), try again with a different therapist until you found one that makes it an enjoyable experience for you. Until then, stay well!

 

Disclaimer: All points and views stated here are my own personal opinions based on experience and research. In no way am I affiliated with any massage spas or am I an expert. If you have existing medical issues, always check with your general practitioner before making any kind of decision.

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