Massages are awesome. No matter if you go for physical therapy reasons or just to relax, massages are one of life’s major pleasures. At the Village Spa in Carmel, IN, we certainly know that massages are much loved and appreciated.

But did you know that, besides feeling incredible and having the power to relax both mind and body, massages are outstanding for your health? It’s true. A wide variety of both research and study have proven the many health benefits of massages. Here are a few of them.

Massages can boost immunity.  

According to studies in Los Angeles, regular massages increase white blood cells, resulting in boosted immunity. This means that massages don’t simply get your blood flowing—it actually changes your blood’s composition for the better. This boosted immunity fights germs and infections, and the massage results in higher levels of blood proteins that play a major role in protecting the body from tumors, viral infections, and other pathogens.

Massages are the ultimate de-stresser.

Cortisol is a stress hormone which is significantly decreased by massages. At the same time a massage does this, it also increases dopamine and serotonin, which are hormones that release a calm pleasure. Massages also reduce physiological markers of stress, and one Korean study found that massages resulted in lower heart rates and lower blood pressure.

8 Benefits of Massage You Didn't Know About
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Massages can ease chronic pain.

Studies have shown that regular massages have the ability to reduce chronic pain just as well as medication, acupuncture, exercise, and yoga. In fact, one study found that bare-handed massages activate the same part of the brain that’s activated by painkillers such as codeine.

Massages can battle headaches.

Many headaches are caused by neck tension that restricts blood flow to the brain. A good massage has the ability to boost blood flow and alleviate the pain. If you suffer from frequent headaches, two massages per week can greatly reduce your pain.

Massages make exercise easier.

Having a massage before exercise might sound counter-productive, but it actually warms up your muscles before exercise, helping to loosen them without putting any strain on other soft tissues. If you go into a workout with muscle soreness, your tight muscles create resistance that makes your limbs feel heavier and creates a tougher workout—and not in a beneficial way.

8 Benefits of Massage You Didn't Know About
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Massages help reduce cellulite.

Toxins—which cause cellulite—are literally kicked out of your cells during a massage to make room for nutrients. This creates a firming-up of your entire body.

Massages can relieve the unpleasantries of PMS.  

From cramps and bloating to crankiness, research has shown that a massage can help greatly with all the bummer things that come along with having your period.

Massages contribute to a good night’s rest.

Research has shown that a massage can produce delta waves in your brain. Delta waves cause a nice, deep, relaxing sleep.

 

The Village Spa provides the best massages and massage therapy in Carmel, Indiana. We are a luxury spa with plenty of relaxing treatments. Call us at (317) 853-6350 to schedule an appointment with our professionals, or check out our packages and memberships.