Receiving a massage is such a relaxing treat, but did you know that the benefits extend far beyond that? A growing body of research suggests that a regular rubdown can help boost your immunity, improve your sleep, and even increase alertness!
Girl on the Go! Night Spa offers a complete range of massage services in San Diego. Every treatment is customized for each person's individual needs - we even offer shorter sessions, as well as chair treatments, for those new to massage. After reading more about the surprising health benefits of massage, click here to make an appointment to see Steven, Mindy, Laura, or Tania - our team of fully-certified, amazing massage therapists!
1. Manage Anxiety and Depression
For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.
2. Ease Pain
According to a 2011 study, massage was found to be as effective as medications, exercise, and yoga, in treating chronic pain. Massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn't receive any massage treatment. Massage is also proven to decrease stiffness and increase range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.
3. Improve Sleep
A number of studies have examined the link between massage and sleep, and what doctors have found is that delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, increase during a massage treatment, and continue to stay elevated to provide better sleep long after you've left the massage bed.
4. Boost Immunity
Multiple studies have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system. Not only will the stress-reducing powers of massage help to keep you healthy, but a 2010 study also found that massage increased a person's disease-fighting white blood cells - particularly important during this time of year when cooler temperatures are settling in.
5. Beat PMS
It's been found that massage can assist with PMS symptoms, such as bloating and mood swings.
6. Raise Alertness
In a study of adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a Touch Research Institute (TRI) study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately. If you want to help boost your brainpower get a massage! We have now have chair massage available at Girl on the Go! Night Spa as well.
7. Curb Headaches
Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. It's been found that a regular rubdown can reduce a person's number of migraines, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels. One study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.