Have you started eating healthier and exercising, trying to take better care of yourself, but still feel like something is missing? Those things are important, but sometimes your body needs a little extra something to perform at its best. Massage can be a beneficial addition to your health routine.
Benefits of Massage
Stress relief is probably one of the first things we think about when we think about massage therapy. Massage has strong stress-busting benefits. In today’s world, many of us are under constant stress. When your body is under stress, it produces elevated levels of cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can contribute to weight gain, poor immune function, and chronic disease risk. Massage relaxes muscles by increasing temperature and blood flow. This increase in circulation delivers more blood to the muscles, helping to remove waste and reducing those stress hormone levels, while increasing serotonin and dopamine (the feel-good happy hormones) levels.
Releases muscle tension
Tired, achy muscles? Massage therapy helps release muscle tension and alleviate muscle pain and soreness from exercise. Additionally, when you are under stress, your muscles tighten. When muscles remain tight, you experience aches, pains and even may experience headaches. The hands-on pressure of massage helps increase blood flow, which in turn jump starts the healing process for damaged, tight and tense muscles.
Do you suffer from insomnia? Massage can help you sleep better. Sleep is so important to our health and wellbeing, affecting every aspect of our health. Our day to day physical and mental function, our immune systems, even chronic disease risk are all affected by sleep or lack thereof. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety and promotes relaxation…all of which promotes better sleep.
Helps Improve Imbalances
If you have a desk job, sitting all day slouched over your computer can lead to postural stress, which can cause pain and weakness in the back, neck, shoulders and hips. Weakened hip flexors is one of the reasons older people fall. Massage can help counter the imbalance caused by sitting too long, as well as increase your range of motion, which in turn increases mobility.
We have three wonderful massage therapists on staff here at New Milford Fitness & Aquatics Club. They can help you keep your body performing to its best day after day! We have both day and evening appointments available. Check out our website at www.nmfac.com for more information on our massage services. You do not have to be a member of the gym to utilize massage services. Give us a call at (860) 799-6880 to book a massage today!
Michelle is a long time runner, fitness enthusiast, former healthy food blogger, and she’s one of the owners at New Milford Fitness & Aquatics Club. She ran cross country and track for the University of Colorado and still runs as well as hikes to stay healthy and avoid injury.