Full body massage has been utilized for centuries and in many cultures to promote health and wellbeing. Somehow we’ve come to think of massage as a luxury, a way to pamper ourselves. Over the years we’ve lost sight of the amazing health benefits that massage has to offer, and it’s time to shift our thinking and realize the importance of massage for restoring health and balancing the body.
Today’s busy lifestyles are riddled with stress, and we all know that stress does not promote health. A massage not only allows you the time needed to relax and reset, but it also helps to reduce the levels of health-harming stress hormones such as cortisol. A full body massage can help alleviate stress-induced muscle tension that can cause pain, interfere with sleep, and hinder mobility. It can even reduce the severity and frequency of tension headaches as well as lower blood pressure.
Massage is of great benefit to athletes and those with physically demanding jobs. A massage will increase circulation to sore or injured muscles, bringing them oxygen and nutrients to speed healing. Increased circulation can also help carry away toxins that slow healing and increase pain. With balance restored you can be back to your active lifestyle faster.
Relief of pain is one of the most obvious and sought after benefits of massage. Those who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders may find much-needed relief with a full body massage. It helps these disorders much in the same way as it does injuries and sprains, by reducing muscle tension and increasing circulation. Even those who have recently had surgeries can enjoy the healing properties of massage.
Pregnant women and their babies can also benefit from massage. Reducing stress hormones helps both mother and her developing baby, and the mother will experience less swelling and pain as her body changes during pregnancy. Mom will sleep better, feel less anxious, and studies show that both moms and babies typically have fewer complications during the birthing process when massage has been a part of her prenatal healthcare routine.
If you’re ready to experience the health benefits of a full body massage for yourself make an appointment today at Helen’s Haven. Our highly skilled massage therapists will work with you to develop a massage treatment plan to address your individual needs. You can reach us at 808-739-0400. You’ll find us at 4819 Ave., #6 in Honolulu. Download our free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play to manage appointments from your phone.