If you’ve had a massage before, you may not need a reminder of why to get another—most people who receive a professional, full-body massage will return for more. For those readers who have never experienced one, a massage carries some substantial health benefits in addition to alleviating those painful knots and kinks. This is in addition, of course, to the extremely sense of relaxation and calm you feel both during and after your massage.
Understandably it’s not always easy to make time for a monthly massage with the hectic schedules we keep these days. But the benefits of regular massages are well worth carving out time in your schedule. Especially with all the physical, emotional and mental stress that we habitually put our bodies through.
Here are five reasons to get a monthly massage:
1. Massage eases tension, anxiety and stress.
Stress can be very damaging to the body and mind if not handled properly. Getting a relaxing, professional massage from an experienced massage therapist is a great way to ameliorate stress and lower the body’s cortisol levels, which rise during stress. Trying to manage life isn’t as simple as it used to be. For most of us, work doesn’t stop when we leave the office and the amount of tasks we seek to accomplish on a daily basis for both professional and personal gain are astronomical. As a result, most of us keep our bodies in a constant state of high stress. Easing stress can help prevent illnesses as it’s said that the vast majority of diseases and their complications are brought on by anxiety and stress. Massage has also been found to help manage anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure.
2. Massage releases endorphins.
Who doesn’t love to receive a rush of endorphins – the euphoric high that makes everything seem fantastic. While your body relaxes and enjoys the attention to all its aches and pains, it also releases endorphins (endogenous opiates) into your bloodstream to make you feel wonderful. Not to mention how it helps ease the pain of any injuries you may be suffering from as well.
3. Massage helps heal injuries.
Many physical traumas and most chronic pain can be helped with massage. Massage gives improved movement to muscles and bones by breaking up scar tissue and has been found to be very beneficial to patients suffering from spinal cord injuries, as it improves range of motion, muscle strength, and functional abilities. Massage basically has the same pain-relieving effect as drugs like aspirin, ibuprofenand naproxen. If you are looking for a natural way to heal chronic pain, physical injures or simply exercise soreness, deep tissue massages are a great treatment especially when done on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
4. Massage helps you sleep.
Getting a full night’s rest is essential to good health—there is no substitute for it. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, consider massage. Massage increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the body, which improve mood and modulate sleep.
5. Massage reduces the harmful effects of sitting for long hours.
Unlike our ancestors, most of us now are confined to sitting at a desk upwards of 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. Not to mention all the additional time spent sitting on the subway, riding in Ubers, eating meals and watching TV. Most of us sit on average 13 hours a day and sleep 8 hours a day which makes for a very sedentary lifestyle. The human body was made to move, not sit which means all of this sitting is bad news for your body. All of this sitting causes shoulders to become pulled forward and rounded, upper and lower back muscles to become overstretched and weak, and that’s just what happens to the upper half of your body. Regular massages can help alleviate pain and postural deviations that occur from spending far too much sitting on our rear-end instead of standing on our feet.
To schedule a professional massage, please call West Garden Spa in NYC at (212) 244-7711. We offer a wide range of massage treatments including soft tissue, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Asian massages. Give us a call, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We are conveniently located only 1 block away from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Most days we are open from 10am til 2am.