Stress is at an all-time high in our country. Along with stress come other unhealthy behaviors, such as weight gain, excessive drinking, poor sleep, and anxiety and depression.
If you find that you are constantly tense, constantly stressed, and always at the end of your rope, it’s time to take control of your life and focus on feeling better. One option for stress and tension relief is a massage, specifically a deep tissue massage. While a Swedish massage is meant more for relaxation, a deep tissue massage works the deep tissues in your body.
Ready to take back your health and want to start with a massage? Read on to learn more about the benefits of deep tissue massages.
Massage can release oxytocin, which is a hormone that can play a role in stress and addiction when your levels are low. Oxytocin produces positive emotions as well.
Massage also helps regulate your cortisol levels, which is produced in response to stress. When cortisol levels are lowered, serotonin increases after a massage. Serotonin is the “feel-good” hormone, which helps you fight off pain, anxiety, and feelings of sadness and depression.
When wounds heal on your skin, scars are formed. They are also formed internally as well after muscles or ligaments are damaged. Excess scar tissue can cause problems, such as pain as nerve endings are regenerated, throbbing, sensitivity, and a reduced range of motion.
A deep tissue massage is meant to work the deep layers of muscle in your body and can help reduce scar tissue both internally and externally. Scar tissue due to surgery, burns, and even C-sections can be reduced and addressed through massage.
Because deep tissue massage works on the deep layers of tissue and fascia in your body, it also improves blood flow. Research shows that deep tissue massage helps lower blood pressure, although why exactly this happens is totally clear. More research is needed, but in the meantime, deep tissue massage can be one tool to address hypertension.
Chronic pain due to things like old injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. Regular deep tissue massages can help regulate this chronic pain by alleviating stiffness, improving joint mobility, and reducing overall pain. The increased blood flow, which brings oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, can help alleviate pain.
Chronic pain is also associated with tense muscles, which are often related to stress and anxiety. Reducing stress and anxiety can result in a loosening of the tension in your body, which can reduce your pain levels as well.
If you are an athlete, whether recreationally or professionally, injuries and soreness are a part of your daily life. Deep tissue massage can help you recover quicker, as the massage increases your blood flow, reduces muscle tension, and addresses pain. Massage can help your overall recovery and help you get back to 100% quicker.
The benefits of deep tissue massages cannot be overstated. They can help with both your psychological and physiological health, from pain to blood pressure to recovering from an injury. Don’t suffer any longer; take control of your health and do what you can to try to feel better.
If you’ve been considering trying a deep tissue massage, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today to book your appointment.