how a weekly massage can change your life

Surprising Benefits Of Massage Therapy

If you love getting massages, but avoid doing so on a regular basis because getting a professional rub-down seems like an unnecessary expense, you will be relieved to know that there have been documented health benefits as the result of receiving regular massage therapy. If you would like to make your exercise program as beneficial as possible or if you experience anxiety or depression, the following information about the use of massage therapy will be very helpful.

The Right Massage After An Intense Workout Can Improve Your Physical Response From Exercising

It is important to know that research suggests that using the services of a massage therapist or masseuse is not just a luxurious way of pampering yourself. In fact, as little as 10 minutes receiving a Swedish-style massage is thought to lessen the amount of inflammation present in your muscles after a strenuous workout. Specifically, one of the proteins that develops as the result of a hard workout is known as NF-kB, and a 10-minute Swedish-style massage can diminish the proteins' presence in your body.

Therefore, you are likely to have less inflammation and pain from vigorous exercise if it is immediately followed by the appropriate type of massage. Those benefits mean that you may also find that you are ready to engage in a similar workout sooner than you might otherwise.

A Good Massage Can Reduce Your Anxiety And Depression

If you have ever napped during a massage or known someone that did, you are already aware of how relaxing a good massage can be. That relaxation can be as the result of reducing the amount of cortisol in your system. Cortisol is known as a stress hormone, and when it is present in large amounts, anxiety and depression will often occur.

In addition, a good massage can reduce the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream. It can also boost levels for some of the neurotransmitters in your brain that are thought to contribute to depression when present in too-small amounts. Although you should never make any changes to your use of medication without first speaking with the prescribing physician, you may find that receiving massage therapy is an enjoyable and safe way to manage some symptoms of your anxiety or depression.

In conclusion, massage has consistently been known as a good way to relax at the end of a long day or to pamper yourself. However, it is now also known to provide therapeutic benefits after a hard workout and can help you to more effectively manage your anxiety and depression.

For more information, contact Miami Massage Therapy or a similar location.