Four Healthy Reasons To Make An Appointment Today
What if you could get a doctor’s note for that massage? A new study published in Science Translational Medicine found that a short, 10-minute Swedish-style massage session can reduce inflammation, which can help your muscles recover after a stressful week. “What massage seems to do is … it reduces the inflammatory response as a function of the damage you incurred while you’re working,” explained one of the study’s authors Simon Melov.
The health benefits of massage therapies extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains, though. Of course, massages have been the cure for many stressed-out, anxiety-busting folks for years. But a growing body of research suggests that a rubdown is even better than you think. Don’t get so caught up in busting your back that you literally bust your back.
Here are a few reasons why scheduling a back massage just may be the relief you’ve been looking for.
1. Manage Anxiety, Pain and Depression
For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression. Yes, a restorative back massage can ease immense tension, but it can also alleviate a lot of the worries and concerns you keep knotted in your back.
Ever heard the saying, “You carry the weight on your shoulders?” Well, your back muscles really do absorb a lot of your emotional distress. This often causes uncomfortable back aches and pinched nerves. It’s no wonder we say, “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders!” Turns out, you are carrying your stress between your shoulder blades! Eight out of 10 Americans will experience debilitating back pain, but a massage can help. According to a 2011 study, massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn’t receive any massage treatment. Dr. Dan Cherkin stated, “We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga.”
2. Improve Sleep
If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. A number of studies have examined this link, and chalk it up to massage’s affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health magazine. By kneading out the stress and tightness in your muscles, you are indirectly introducing a state of relaxation that facilitates sleep and anxiety-relief. Indeed, back massages have immediate physical benefits, but those benefits are quickly translated into your mental health as well. It’s no wonder massage therapies have increased over 25% in the last decade.
3. Boost Immunity
You see it going around: sniffles, tissues, and flu shots. Rather than worry about catching a cold, find ways to combat it without assuming stress or worry. We know what you’re thinking at this point – wait, you’re suggesting a back massage is going to ward off sickness? Well, my friends, that’s EXACTLY what we’re saying! Multiple studies have linked massages to better functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, researchers found massages increased a person’s disease-fighting white blood cells. Our signature back massages have your back! The stress-reducing powers of massages can help keep you healthy this flu-season.
4. Raise Alertness
As if that wasn’t reason enough to book a massage, there’s more. Incredible, right? While you’re busy avoiding the flu, there’s just as many avoiding – yeah, we’re talking to you, students! – final exams’ week. Studying. Writing papers. Finally getting around to cracking open those daunting text books. No need to fret. My Vida Spa has you covered. If you’re looking for a boost in brain power, look no further. Adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a small 1996 Touch Research Institute study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately. Now imagine what 60-minutes of massage therapy can do! Take a minute to put your books down and book a back massage! It may be more helpful that you think.
Call us today at 306.663.1402 and book your signature back massage today. What are you waiting for? You deserve it. What’s more: your body and mind will reach the balance you’ve been missing. Stretch out those sore muscles and call now. We’ve got your back.