We love this article at Huffington Post. Of course we believe in the benefits of massage. But there are so many studies now that demonstrate the benefits of massage, we thought we'd pass on these bits of science that will help you justify taking a little time for a massage.
These are the bullet points. Please check out the Huff Post article to learn more.
1. Fight Anxiety and Depression
Massage therapy has been proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol as well as elevate serotonin and dopamine levels.
2. Relieve pain
Studies have shown:
"Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve function in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee," according to researchers at the Yale Prevention Research Center and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
"Massage therapy may be effective for treatment of chronic back pain, with benefits lasting at least 6 months," according to the Annals of Internal Medicine.
3. Promote good sleep
Brain waves impact sleep. Massage increases delta waves, which are connected to deep sleep, according to a study by the Touch Research Institute.
4. Sharpen that immune system
Boost your white blood cells and improve the function of your immune system with massage.
5. Curb PMS symptoms
Massage can reduce bloating, pain, and mood swings.
6. Boost alertness
Again with the brain waves, massage can increase the ones that make you more alert.
7. Relieve headaches
Massage therapy can reduce the number and severity of migraines and also help with tension headaches.
8. Add a healthy glow
Blood flow, which increases with massage, will help firm up skin, remove toxins, and gives life to your complexion and hair.
9. Aid cancer treatment
Massage can help patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illness.