Are massages good for you?
Have you been wondering are massages good for you? The science is in, and it is showing more and more that massages really are! There are many commonly-known benefits, such as pain and stress reduction, increased circulation and flexibility, overall relaxation and wellbeing, and Mayo Clinic lists the following conditions that can greatly benefit from regular massage therapy:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Non-Traditional Massage Therapy Benefits
While it’s been proven that there are many traditional massage therapy benefits, there are some additional benefits that might surprise you. Our favorites are:
1. Body Awareness
We often hear, “Gosh, I had no idea that that even hurt!” during one of our sessions. Whether through a one-time appointment or a regular massage, a greater understanding of your own body, how it works, how it holds disfunction and what you can do about it, can greatly increase your ability to optimize it for everyday living. Whether you are training for a marathon or simply unloading your dishwasher, greater awareness of your body will better enable you to feel your best.
2. Shifting pain patterns
Our bodies have highly effective mechanisms for dealing with and adapting to pain, and unfortunately, wee tend to create habits of movement that can create patterns of pain. It moves through the body like water in dirt, finding the paths of least resistance and eventually becoming entrenched. Sometimes we are keenly aware of these patterns, other times we don’t even notice them…yet. Massage therapy can work to both kick the dirt as well as turn off the water valve, allowing more freedom of movement as well as ease of tension and pain.
Coming in for a therapeutic massage is like bringing your brain and body to school. You are teaching your physical, mental and emotional self a more optimized way of being in the world. You are essentially providing your body with valuable tools to assist in healing itself. The places that hurt are being taught how to release tension, and the places that don’t hurt are providing gold star examples of a pain free existence. The more consistently you bring your body to school, the “smarter” it will be!
4. Working with your authentic self
When receiving a massage, there’s no place to hide. It is a time and place for your authentic self to show up to get the care and attention it needs, without having to “suck it up” or “stay strong.” Healthy, happy tissues and dysfunctional, exhausted tissues are all cared for and honored without judgement. We work with your whole self so your self can feel whole.
The massage therapy benefits are vast and can offer profound wellness to your mental, emotional and physical body. What are some benefits you’ve experienced that may have surprised you?