3 Benefits of Massage

July 18, 2013

Today was a good day. It started with a lovely conversation with my girlfriend who is traveling (and is sometimes hard to catch because of time differences). Check. Made to work, finished a project. Check. Bosses were impressed. Check. Started a new project. Boss signed off on it. Check. I feel like I am starting to have a handle on life again and am out of this patch of woods.

AND to top it all off, I had a massage tonight. Yum. Last time, I cried because the pain got too intense…and well, I seemed to cry at everything last week. This week it just felt good. My massage guy said he did more “Swedish Massage” instead of Trigger Point + deep tissue massage. Evidently, if you want it to be more relaxing than excruciating, ask for “Swedish.”

“Why get a massage, you pampered beast?” you may ask. Well here are some answers.

1. Helps Anxiety

Basically, massage can help with anxiety and mood, but it can also help blood flow, which also helps bones heal faster. Mayo Clinic says “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.” According to Mayo, massage is also been helpful for:

  • anxiety,
  • headaches,
  • digestive issues,
  • insomnia related to stress
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries

2. Balances our Qi (by increasing blood flow)

In my experience, it seems like our mind and bodies are two very codependent systems. So a lot of the stress we take in gets stored in parts of our bodies. Sweating, crying, and other forms of release actually flush toxins out of our bodies. I don’t make this shit up, heres an article about it. So particularly when exercise is limited, its nice to supplement with other blood flowing/flushing techniques (like massage) for releasing and balancing that pent up energy.

3. Its like a powerHUG

Also, when significant-others are away, and work relationships are not particularly touchy-feely, its healthy to have some platonic human touch. With a decreased amount of daily hugs, massage helps increase those effects that one would generally get from hugs. Happiness Weekly has a great article about benefits of hugging called Fun Facts about Hugging, which I highly recommend.

Time for a bath and sleep!

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