When economic times are tough consumers can be tempted to trim their wellness budgets. However a recent U.S. consumer survey showed that the vast majority of people who regularly received a massage had made a commitment to maintain the health benefits they experience through the therapy. It’s sensible to think that the better you’re feeling, the better job you are able to do of caring for yourself and loved ones.
Massage and bodywork can play a key role in reducing stress and reinforcing good health. When people are feeling their best they are much more likely to be up to the challenges that difficult times can present. With greater peace of mind and better health people can face life’s hurdles with ease, strengthened emotional reserves and clarity of purpose.
Massage therapy is truly more than a just a luxury, it’s a critical part of caring for oneself that has a positive ripple-effect on our work, play and the way we are able to care for others.
Investing in Yourself and Loved Ones
When you really think about it, massage therapy is an excellent value. The price has remained stable through recent years, while the cost of dining out, sports events and movies has skyrocketed. Out of all of these though, what one actually has the power to improve your health and your overall outlook on life?
In today’s economically challenged times, it is crucial to invest in preventative care. The last thing you or anyone needs is to get sick, have to take time off work and to end up with a pile of unpaid medical bills.
Here is a short list of reasons we feel everyone should include massage therapy into their schedule and family budget. Massage therapy and bodywork:
- Boosts your immune system.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Reduces the flow of cortisol (stress hormone).
- Allows for more restful sleep.
- Reduces fatigue and increase your energy levels.
- Improves your ability to concentrate.
- Increases blood circulation.
- Improves your self-esteem.
- Reduces the occurrence as well as the severity of headaches.
- Releases endorphins.
The positive effects of regularly scheduled bodywork and massage therapy has benefits on several areas in your life.
At Home. Massage therapy and bodywork can help families under stress to create a healthy household with more relaxed and clearer thinking dads and moms. People who are taking better care of themselves are more fully equipped to be responsible caretakers who can provide a better sense of security and safety to their children, partners, older parents and other family members.
At Work. The health benefits of massage and bodywork can help prevent illnesses as well as lost time at work, especially these days when we are constantly asked to do more and more with fewer resources at our disposal. Performance is likely to be improved and your decision making skills will be sharper with more energy and a clear focus.
A hint for all you bosses out there: Studies show that employees exhibit an improvement in performance and less stress when given weekly, 15 minute massages in the office!
Health. Anyone with a pre-existing health condition can also continue to reap benefits of massage in the following ways. Proactively taking care of ones health through bodywork can help to reduce expensive doctor visits as well as the use of over the counter and prescription medications.
- Massage reduces sports-related soreness and improves circulation. That’s nice to know when you might be exercising more to reduce stress.
- Deep tissue massage is shown to be an incredibly effective means to treat back pain.
- Patients with Fibromyalgia who are receiving regular massages report less pain, stiffness, fatigue, depression, anxiety and problems sleeping.
- Massage has been show to reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Oncology patients show less pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue following massage therapy treatments.
- Stroke patients show lower blood pressure and less anxiety with massage therapy treatments.
- Massage therapy is proven to be effective at reducing post-surgical pain.
- Alzheimer’s patients show reduced restlessness, pacing and irritability after a simple neck and shoulder massage.
- Massage during labor reduces anxiety and stress, relaxes muscles, and helps to block the pain. It has also been show to shorten labor, reduce tearing and the need for medication and to shorten hospital stays.
- Premature infants who are receiving massage therapy frequently gain weight faster and have shortened hospital stays compared to babies not receiving massage.
- Massage has been show to be beneficial in alleviating the many symptoms linked to burns, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma and PMS.