Unless you have aphenphosmphobia, the fear of being touched, it’s probably not hard to think of a good reason to get a massage.
It’s a designated time where you can focus on relaxing and feeling good. Who doesn’t want that, all the time?
Still, there are times when wanting a massage becomes needing a massage. The reasons could be mental or physical, but the line is pretty clear.
Keep reading to find out 10 signs that you need a massage for the sake of your health.
The first and most obvious sign it’s time to make an appointment is if you haven’t been to a massage therapist in a while, or ever.
Getting massages is similar to having your teeth cleaned in that it’s not a one-and-done thing. You should keep returning to the therapist so that you can maintain good health.
In fact, regular massages can decrease stress, increase immune system function, and enhance your physical fitness.
Defining what is “regular” in terms of frequency can be determined by your therapist after assessing your individual circumstances. It’s not one-size-fits-all, but consistency is important for anyone seeking the benefits of massage.
If you sit at a desk from 9 to 5 or you make repetitive motions often, this is a sign that you need a massage sooner than later.
Sitting in one posture throughout the day causes various muscle tension and tightness in your legs, gluteal muscles, hips, and back.
Repetitive motions do the same; they work certain soft tissues over and over, while other soft tissues are underworked. This imbalance can lead to pain and injury.
Additionally, if you notice that you don’t have proper posture most of the time (i.e. shoulders back and away from your ears with a straight back), getting regular massages can help you straighten up, so to speak.
On the flip side of the coin, if you get plenty of exercise at leisure or competitively, you should be seeking a massage therapist frequently to reduce the chance of injury.
Massage can also speed up your recovery after intense workouts. It reduces cytokines, which are compounds involved in inflammation.
It does this while improving cell recovery, meaning it works much better than trying to recover by simply covering up the discomfort and pain with over-the-counter medication.
Muscle tension can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
Deep tissue massage can reduce this tension in two ways. First, it targets the sites of the problem and works out the kinks.
Second, it allows you and your body to relax. Because of the psychosomatic connection between our mind and our body, mental relaxation can actually allow physical relaxation to occur.
The result is less tension in soft tissues.
Many people in the US live with chronic pain.
Add that number to the people experiencing pain from injury and you have a ton of people who suffer regularly.
Massage reduces pain by increasing the circulation of blood and lymph, promoting your body to heal itself. Additionally, it can normalize soft tissues, meaning it helps return them to proper or near proper function.
If you’re experiencing pain from an injury or it’s a chronic issue, you should add massage to your regular health maintenance checklist.
Headaches can come from a variety of issues, including dehydration, but a common cause is muscle tension.
Tension headaches are often experienced as pain in the head behind the eyes and in the neck. They are caused by muscles contracting more than they are supposed to.
The result is a headache that can distract you from what you’re trying to do; work, spend time with loved ones, and so on.
Getting regular massages can reduce headaches, even if you suffer from severe migraines.
Stress has become normalized in our modern world, but we shouldn’t take it lightly.
Negative stress can lead to serious mental health issues like anxiety and depression, as well as physical issues like cardiovascular, digestive, and immune system dysfunctions.
If you find that you’ve been stressed a lot lately or often live in a state of stress, consider getting a hot stone massage.
Any form of massage can be beneficial for a wide range of day-to-day mental health problems that many of us face.
We mentioned that massage can help circulate blood and lymph, which improves immune health.
If you’ve had a nasty cold lately or are prone to getting sick, massage can help re-regulate your system.
It does this by creating a vacuum, pulling the toxins up and out to the surface layers so that your body can remove it easier.
This one might surprise you, but prenatal massage is beneficial for expecting mothers.
Research shows that massage lowers anxiety and depression, as well as lower back and leg pain frequently experienced by pregnant women.
The same goes for after you give birth too.
Perhaps you work odd hours, share a bed with a person who snores, or have a hard time falling asleep because of a racing mind.
No matter what the cause is, a lack of sleep can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Sleep is the time when our bodies do the most restoring and recovery.
Getting a massage can help you relax more during and after the session. Its effects can transfer into other areas in your life, including sleep.
Now that you know the signs that you need a massage, you can choose which type of therapy may be most beneficial.
Check out our massage services and give us a call to schedule an appointment to improve your wellbeing.