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The Health Benefits Of Massage Therapy

In the past, a massage was thought of as a luxury. Typically, you would get a massage by going to an upscale health club or a luxury spa. Thankfully, this mindset has changed. You will now find many health benefits related to receiving a massage. Studies now indicate massage therapy is a highly effective treatment for stress, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, joint pain, and injuries. While it shouldn't be thought of as a total replacement for routine medical care, it is an excellent way to effectively act as an alternative remedy that can help you feel both physically and mentally better.

Reduce Stress And Anxiety

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Your body was designed to either flee or fight danger. Cortisol, which is a stress hormone, is associated with the flight or fight mechanism in your body. Unfortunately, this increases the readiness of your muscles, which can keep them tight. The flight or fight mechanism really isn't required as much as it was when your ancestors had to defend themselves from the threat of wild animals. If you maintain high cortisol levels in your body, it can lead to sleeping problems and frequent headaches. Fortunately, receiving a full body massage can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Studies show receiving a massage can increase the levels of serotonin and oxytocin, which will help reduce stress. The relaxation you receive from a massage will also help to elevate your mood and lower your blood pressure. The nervous system in your body will also respond by decreasing your heart rate and improving your breathing. You can expect to sleep deeper and enjoy a healthier life after receiving a few massages.

Continue reading to learn how massage therapy can help with fibromyalgia.

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