To have a nice massage on your whole body feels pretty much amazing right? Yet did you ever thought just how beneficial a massage can be for the overall health of your body and your well-being?
Well, we present you 7 great reasons why you should have a full body massage on regular basis.
Massage has existed since ancient times. Man instinctively rubs painful and swollen parts of his body. It is quite possible that massage has long been used in healing purposes, especially in various affections of the locomotor system. Information about massage as a means of treatment first appeared about 3000 BC., and was carried out in old cultural nations of Asia – the Chinese and the Indians.
Development of massage in ancient China was carried out in parallel with the development of medicine that with medication and herbs also used acupuncture. The Japanese, influenced by Chinese acupuncture eventually created a similar method – Shiatzu (shi = finger, atzu = pressure), in which in a special way, by pressing with the fingers and nails, were performing some form of acupuncture.
Massage was also used by the old Egyptians, Assyrians, Persians, ancient Greeks and Romans as a method of treatment of diseases and injured people. The famous physicians Hippocrates and Galen have recommended massage as a method of treatment.
If you imagine your body as a factory, your muscles are the workers in this factory. For them to be effective they need a sufficient amount of food, air and rest.
In our body, the blood supplies the muscles with all that is necessary for normal function.
- Massage relaxes your body
It sounds pretty much obvious, but a nice massage is an excellent way to relax tight muscles, aching tendons and stiff joints.
Massage not only helps you to ease stiffness by loosening up and warming your body, but also it increases blood circulation throughout the body, which means that it brings more oxygen and removes more harmful substances out of our cells. That is the biggest benefit of massage.
- Massage calms you down making you feel less stressed
Nothing relaxes a person more than a soothing massage. The more a person is relaxed, the less stress hormones are released into the body.
- Massage helps you have a better sleep at night
This is due to how massage has affects the human autonomic nervous system.
It is believed that massage can alter the human brainwaves from alpha and beta, which we experience when we are awake, down to delta waves, during which we are in a deep sleep.
- Massage can make your skin look and feel better
During a massage, the sweat glands are more active, which has a detoxifying effect.
Also, while having a massage your skin is rejuvenated with the increase in blood circulation, bringing more nutrients to the sebaceous glands, which in other side makes your skin softer.
Finally, massage removes the top layer of dead skin further giving it a nice healthy glow.
- Massage improves your digestion
The digestive system benefits from massage in the way that it stimulates the movement of food through the digestive tract. Also, massage helps with constipation, bloating and even irritable bowel syndrome.
- Massage detoxifies your body
Your lymphatic system helps your body fighting infections. However, unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymph does not have a pump.
This is why massage can speed up the lymph flow, detoxifying the body and preventing fluid retention. Also it boosts your autonomic nervous and immune system.
- Massage improves your breathing
Massaging your chest, upper body, and back relaxes the respiratory muscles, which in turn makes your breathing easier.
So what are you waiting for? Get your massage right away! 🙂