When I was younger, which was many moons ago, I remember thinking that massage was for the rich and famous and the average Joe just had to put up with aching muscles.
Now, there are massage clubs you can join to get a more affordable massage and some workplaces also offer their employees a massage.
I took advantage of the chair massage at my last job. For ten dollars you got fifteen minutes of massage and the good thing was that you could ask the therapist to just massage one certain area of pain instead of massaging your whole upper torso.
If you subscribe to a discount site such as Groupon, you can find massage therapists who charge less or who may give you a bonus session. There are different types of massage and you may prefer a lighter touch such as Swedish or if you really need to relieve painful areas you can choose a deep tissue massage.
Yes, massage is a treat for yourself, but it also has several healthy benefits. Here are four healthy benefits of massage:
It’s hard enough to get through your day but when you have a headache, it just seems like you can’t get a thing accomplished. A lot of headaches stem from tension in your head, shoulders, and neck. Regular massages help relax those tight muscles so you have less pressure on your nerves and blood vessels.
Lower Blood Pressure
Tension results in tight muscles, and some people may experience a drop in blood pressure after a massage. Of course, you still need to keep up good habits such as a healthier diet, reduced salt intake, and exercising on a regular basis.
Less Painful Feet
I can tell you from experience that plantar fasciitis is very annoying and painful. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot, and if it is inflamed, you may experience chronic heel pain.
Deep massage that puts strong pressure on the arch, can greatly reduce pain, and improve mobility. For the best results, combine stretching exercises and deep massage. Consult your doctor or physical therapist for more ideas.
If you have anxiety, you may worry too much about job problems, a health condition, or family crisis. You feel stressed out and achy from muscle tension.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 30 percent.
If you have a day off, treat yourself to a full-body massage and don’t stress out about how much it costs. You’ve worked hard and now it is time to relax. Feeling those aching muscles relax can make your day much brighter.