Today’s post is a guest post, very much fitting the theme of National Stress Awareness Month. Not only am I on vacation and doing my own de-stressing, this post is about massage and how it can help relieve stress.

Five Major Benefits of Massage

The majority of people live busy lives. With rushing from work to home, running errands, and cooking dinners, self-care tends to get lost in the process. Taking just a few moments to invest in yourself can really reap some great rewards. Massage is an easy way to take some time to get away from the hustle and bustle and improve your mental, emotional, and physical health with some much-needed self-care. Here are five major benefits of massage:

Stress Relief
Probably the most well-known benefit of massage is stress relief. It has been shown that just one massage session can help you relax, lowers the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilizes insulin levels, which can lead to overall improved health.

Better Circulation

The pressure that is applied throughout your massage can improve your blood circulation. When you have poor blood circulation, you may experience swelling in your legs, cramping, or tingling. With regular massage, people have reported improvement in these symptoms.

Get Sick Less Often

That’s right! Massage can even help you fight illness. It is proven that people who are stressed tend to get sick more often than others. Studies have shown that maintaining a regular massage regimen can alleviate the negative effects of stress and increase natural immune-boosting hormones such as serotonin.

Speeds Muscle Healing

After a workout, you may feel sore and tired. If you feel as though you may have gone a bit too hard at the gym, a massage might be just the thing for you. Massage helps promote circulation to the area while ridding the body of lactic acid buildup, which tends to settle in the muscles after a workout.

Better Posture

We have all caught ourselves slouching over at some point through the day. With repeated or long duration of bending over, you can build up significant tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. With regular massage, you can loosen those areas, which result in better posture.