We are all heading back to work – which means long stretches in front of a computer, late hours and stressful environments. With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of the benefits of a relaxing massage. Just in case you need any more convincing to book a spa day at the North Star Wellness Centre! We all know a good massage helps us to relax and relieves some of the tension we carry in our bodies – but some benefits of massage therapy might surprise you. Here are 5 benefits of massage therapy you might not have known.
1. It’s good for office workers
According to Best Health Magazine massages can help counteract all the sitting office workers do in the course of their jobs. We know it’s not great for us – but if it’s the job, what can you do? The stress from sitting in one position all day often leads to pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and can even cause pain and weakness in the lower back. Regular massages can help alleviate this imbalance caused by sitting all day.
2. Can help you sleep better
If you have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia, a massage might help you sleep better. Prevention.com explains that sleep is related to activity in the nervous system. A massage helps your nervous system slow down due to the pressure applied. A relaxed nervous system will help hormone production balance out – the production of stress hormones will decrease and “feel good” hormones will increase. As hormones regulate things like the sleep/wake cycle – a good massage can help you get a good night’s rest!
3. It boosts your immunity
Best Health Mag mentions a study showing that massage boosts white blood cell count, which helps to protect the body from disease. While we are all trying to find ways to live as normally as possible during a pandemic, a healthy immune system is a big benefit.
4. It can help to boost focus
Are you having trouble staying present in meetings or focusing on a specific task? According to Prevention.com, the effects of a massage improve your attention and ability to concentrate. An elevated heart rate can hinder our ability to concentrate. A massage helps to lower the heart rate and slows your nervous system – which will ultimately help your ability to focus.
5. Reduces stress and anxiety
We all have a vague idea that getting a massage is good for reducing stress and anxiety – but few of us know the science behind this knowledge. The Cleveland Clinic explains it like this –
“Your body has two nervous systems: a sympathetic nervous system that drives your “fight or flight” response in stressful situations and a parasympathetic nervous system that focuses on routine and day-to-day operations that lead to relaxation and rest. A massage is thought to increase your parasympathetic response, which can decrease feelings of anxiety.”
And there you have it, some compelling reasons to consider getting a massage treatment next time you are at the North Star. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a weekend away – and will ensure you get the most relaxation from your holiday! View the list of massage treatments offered at the North Star Wellness Center and book your appointment here.
While we love massages and all the benefits they hold, we are not medical professionals and would advise you to consult your primary care practitioner if you have any unique health challenges before getting a massage.