Overcome that poor posture
Most are dealing with some kind of postural stress and that tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck as knotted muscles.
Desk workers, beware! Poor posture can show up as pain or weakness in the lower back and in the gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.
Massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting and leaning over that desk and computer, which means you can keep your desk job—as long as get a regular massage.
Human touch through massage is incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a published study.
And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
Helps you sleep
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
Also, if you’re a new parent, you’ll be happy to know it can help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick. If parents want to do it themselves, it comes naturally. “There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.”
It boosts your immunity
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that it boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.
Helps relieve headaches
Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension induced headaches, research has shown that a single massage therapy session has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.