Do getting massages have real health benefits? Can massages really be good for you? Isn’t a massage just a luxury for people who like to go to the spa?
Many people think of massage as a luxury because, well, it’s just that good! But, massage is not just a luxury, it is a natural therapy that has been around for thousands of years. The internet is full of information on how good for you massage is, both physically and mentally. According to The University of California San Francisco Health (ucsfhealth.org) ‘Massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and reduce the physiological burden of stress. It can help treat conditions including stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression, just to name a few.’
When you bump your elbow or knee and experience pain, your first instinct is to rub the pain site, says Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami. This plays into something called the “gate theory” of pain, which theorizes that your brain is unable to fully register painful stimuli when related touch receptors are activated. “This is another way pain might be alleviated by massage,” she says.
There are even many products available to use for self-massage that can be as simple as a ball or foam roller. The beauty of someone else giving you the massage is that you can really let yourself relax and get rid of the tension in those hard to reach muscles.
Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used.