What is massage?
Massage is really a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.Massage therapists typically use their fingers and hands for massage but could also use their forearms, elbows as well as feet. Massage may vary from light stroking to deep pressure techniques.
Many health problems occur when the normal flow of blood in our vessels is restricted.When the normal flow of blood is restricted, then the heart has problems pumping blood causing not only heart problems but also problems in our internal organs, muscles and even our skin. Blood carries oxygen and without oxygen, different parts of our bodies start to deteriorate.
To improve your sleep
A number of studies have looked at the connection between therapeutic massage and sleep, and indeed, there has been demonstrated benefit for people who suffer insomnia–due to a variety of reasons, like menopause. Studies have shown particular benefit with massage using essential oils, especially lavender. (Need more help with sleep? Read this ).
To better recover from a hard workout
A recent study confirmed what many trainers already practiced: that a short, 10 minute swedish massage post-workout reduces inflammation in muscles, which can help your body recover.
Not only do you feel less stressed after a massage, but treating yourself to something nice, just for you, is a wonderful mood-booster.
Your sunny new stress-free outlook will keep you feeling well for a week or more. Massages have been shown to fight off depression and anxiety.