The use of full-body massage for optimizing health spans many centuries and many different cultures. Today, we often think of massage as a way to relax and pamper ourselves, but its remarkable benefits make it an important tool for health restoration and balancing.
Stress relief is one benefit that is so important with today’s busy lifestyles. Massage allows you time to unplug and relax, while stress hormones that cause health issues, such as cortisol, are reduced. A full-body massage relieves muscle tension that can result in headaches and migraines. Its calming effect can even lower blood pressure.
Athletes use massage as a way to speed healing from injuries and strains. By increasing circulation to injured or sore muscles, massage reduces spasms that cause pain. When circulation is reduced, your tissues don’t get the oxygen they need to function well and heal, and toxins can build up in these areas that may cause even more pain. The improved circulation from massage helps to restore balance.
Pain from other conditions can be relieved as well, such as recent surgeries or diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. The body’s improved circulation, its reduction of stress hormones, and the release of toxins all play roles to help relieve the pain of many of these conditions.
Pregnant women can benefit from massage therapy designed especially for them. The reduction of stress hormones benefits the developing baby, and the mother benefits with reduced swelling and pain associated with body changes during pregnancy. It even helps expectant moms to sleep better and feel less anxiety about the birth process and motherhood.
Poor posture can occur when connective tissues become rigid. Massage helps improve body posture through point-specific techniques that relax tension and restore alignment.
The list of massage benefits is very long. To schedule regular full-body massages for yourself, make an appointment today at Helen’s Haven. Our team of licensed, highly trained massage therapists will design a program of massage that target’s your individual needs. You can find us at 4819 Kilauea Ave., #6 in Honolulu, or call us on 808-739-0400. Or if you prefer, download our free mobile app and schedule an appointment that fits into your busy schedule. It’s available for free at the AppStore, Google Play, and Amazon.