Anyone who has looked into getting a massage will quickly see that there are a variety of benefits — it can help improve your sleep, helps to reduce stress, and can help with muscle pain. These are fairly obvious benefits, right? When you’re lying on a bed, listening to soothing music, and a massage therapist is working out your sore muscles, it will surely help you relax and unwind. But there are several other benefits that may not be quite as obvious.
At Riverspointe Spa in Estes Park, Colorado, our team of massage therapists have years of experience that ensures you’ll get the best massage of your life. We are passionate about not only helping guests unwind after a long hike in the mountains, but we also want to increase their overall quality of life! Read through the benefits of massage and schedule an appointment with us today!
Benefits of Massage Beyond Relaxation
Anxiety and Stress
When people feel anxious or stressed, it creates a “flight or fight” feeling. These situations increase certain hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones can cause a person’s heartbeat to rise, their pupils to dilate, increase the rhythm of their breath, and more. During a massage, other hormones are produced to help calm the body and counteract the effects of anxiety, including serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it can cause pain or an aching sensation throughout the body and fatigue. It also affects sleep, the ability to focus, and more. According to a study completed in 2014, 404 patients who had roughly five weeks of massage therapy saw an improvement in pain, anxiety, and depression. Through a variety of techniques, including trigger point massage, Swedish, and hot-stone massage, the muscle fibers benefit from increased nutrients and massage.
Peristalsis is a process that occurs when you eat food and your intestines contract, causing the food to move through the body. This process can slow down if you suffer from constipation, IBS, or have mineral deficiencies. When the process slows, it can cause gas, diarrhea, or other issues. Massage can help stimulate the intestines, helping to release toxins and enzymes, which helps to quicken the peristalsis process.
Our heads can weigh between 10 and 11 pounds, depending on our size. This weight puts a lot of stress on the muscles that hold it up, known as the suboccipital group of muscles. Within this muscle group are trigger points that often lead to headaches and migraines. When these trigger points are massaged, it can relieve the too recognizable ache that occurs when you have a headache.
A study completed in 2010 by Tiffany Field found that preterm infants experience a weight gain and an increase in bone density when a moderate-pressure massage was given. Along with certain activities and massage, this can enhance food digestion and can increase the availability of nutrients. Even though Riverspointe Spa doesn’t provide massages for infants, it’s certainly a significant benefit for expecting mothers to be aware of.
With trigger points throughout the body that are equally affected by massage and an increase in certain hormones, there are many benefits that everyone can experience! If you haven’t experienced the joy of a soothing massage recently, stop by Riverspointe Spa today!