The first thing most people think of when you talk about massage therapy is relaxation. While this is absolutely a benefit of getting a massage, there are many more reasons that might surprise you. At Serenity Day Spa we recommend that everyone makes time for a monthly massage because it has immediate positive effects on the individual, as well as cumulative long-term benefits.

Eases Muscle Pain

If your muscles are sore, then massage can really help you. Having a massage increases and improves your circulation. Increased circulation can bring much needed blood flow to stiff and tense muscles to help promote healing, range of motion, and flexibility. The different techniques used in massage therapy can also reduce the amount of lactic acid in the muscle tissues and improve lymph fluid circulation.

Helps with Anxiety and Depression

Massage therapy has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters which can help reduce feelings of anxiety and sadness. Human contact is important for people who suffer from anxiety and a nurturing touch via massage therapy is just that.

Gives Your Immune System a Boost

We know that people who are prone to stress are also prone to sickness and illness. With a regular massage you may see a reduction in stress and studies show that the body can often experience a boost in your systems ability to get and stay well post-massage. This is due to the increase in the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that can help a person fight off illness.

Assists with Headache Management

Many people, especially in our city, suffer from headaches and migraine headaches. Although everyone’s headache triggers are different, stress, muscle tension, and poor sleep are among the top triggers. With the effects of a massage sometimes lasting for weeks, people with frequent headaches should seek regular massages as each of the above triggers can be addressed in a session.

Reduces Blood Pressure

It has been found that regular visits to a massage therapist can indeed reduce blood pressure levels. Other studies have also cited a reduction in cortisol, which is better known as the body’s stress hormone that often leads to multiple health issues when it is in excess.

1. Whether it’s your first massage or your fiftieth it’s important to know these few tips to help you get the most out of your treatment. We recommend a monthly massage for everyone from a maintenance perspective and more often if you suffer from a chronic condition.

2. Arrive on time, or even a few minutes early. If you arrive in a rush or panic about being late, it’ll take you that much longer to settle in to your massage. Of course, if you are late, your therapist might have to cut it short to make his or her next session.

3. Try not to eat too much or too heavy a meal right before your massage. A light snack is best.

4. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your therapist. Prior to your session, there may be a questionnaire to fill out and the therapist might do a quick Q and A with you if you are a new Client. Tell your therapist accurate information about your health or injury history and during the massage feel free to tell you therapist if you feel like the pressure is too much, too little, or even if there’s a specific spot you’d like them to work on. It’s your time so if the room is too hot or cold, the music isn’t the right volume, or the lights or too bright you can ask your therapist to adjust those conditions as well.

5. Ensure you are breathing throughout the massage. If you’re holding your breath, you’re likely to tense up. Perhaps it’s a painful area that is making you hold your breath, but we assure you, breathing through it is always better. If you can’t get your mind to settle, breathing can help with this too. Try to focus on why you’re there and thank yourself for taking the time to give your body what it needs.

6. Do you like to chat, or do you enjoy the silence? Generally, it’s your choice to do what you like, and your therapist will let you make this decision.

7. Your therapist will likely tell you to take your time getting up at the end of the massage. Please take their advice as you may be a little dizzy or light-headed post massage.

8. Drink plenty of water post-massage to flush any extra toxins that have been released during your massage. Massages can also be dehydrating as the kneading of muscles can get fluid pumping out of your muscles and into your circulatory system.

9. Avoid a heavy meal after your massage. Take it easy. Avoid alcohol if possible.

10. Re-book your next appointment before you leave to help you stay on a regular healthy massage schedule for life!