Most people would probably agree that a massage is a great way to relieve stress and improve your health. In fact, there are different types of massage techniques, each designed to provide different types of stress relief or health benefits.Actually, health experts, like the experienced teachers at IKRA Massage Therapy School, advocate for massages as part of a healthy lifestyle, speculating that as much as 90 percent of many disease diagnoses could be related to stress. Accordingly, any practical way that you can reduce stress should definitely be a routing part of your life.
Massage: Primary Health Benefits
Obviously, the fundamental benefits to massage is that you relieve stress that is trapped in the body. Most of the time this stress will be in the form of knots in the muscles, but sometimes it can also cause tension in the joints (or, more appropriately, soft tissue—the ligaments). But a good massage can also speed the recovery of tired or strained muscles (that have not, necessarily, cramped). Athletes, of course, can attest to this, but anyone in a high-stress and physically-demanding job will agree.
Massage: Secondary Health Benefits
In addition to working out the physical knots, kinks, cramps, and overall tiredness, a good massage improves circulation. Actually, that is the purpose of massage in the first place: to improve circulation, which increases oxygenation of the blood as well as the influx of nutrients and other healing entities. With this improvement in circulation, it becomes easier to stretch or continue exercising or to rest in a more comfortable way. This, of course, speeds recovery, not just of your muscles individually, but the body as a whole.
And one could also make the argument, then, that this provides peace of mind and reduces stress from the pain of recovery. And that would be an additional secondary benefit (or, perhaps, a tertiary one) to massage.
Massage: Specialty Benefits
In general, massage releases tension, relaxes muscles, restores circulation, and reduces stress. Some forms of massage, however, specialize or focus specifically on certain types of stress or pain management. Sports massage, for example, not only restores function while also attempting to retain function in the joints and other soft tissue, too. Lymphatic massage is another specialty; designed to encourage drainage of the lymph nodes which can improve immune support and reduce inflammation and some types of pain. Finally, reflexology is a type of massage which manipulates the body’s energy through the hands and feet to address organic conditions.