Surprising Health Benefits of a Spa Massage
Looking for an excuse to spend a day at the spa? Look no further! Research shows that getting a spa message has countless health benefits – making it a great activity to put at the top of your to-do list!
If you have sore muscles, a massage can work wonders. Massage therapists can get deep into the muscle tissue to alleviate soreness and reduce tension. Because tension in the neck is a primary cause of headaches, massages may reduce the frequency and severity of headaches as well.
Improve Blood Circulation
The various hand pressures applied during a spa massage stimulate the surface of the skin and produce heat. This heat then triggers nerves and blood vessels to effectively increase blood flow, sending more oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
A massage doesn’t just get the blood flowing throughout your body, however. It also improves your blood’s composition and boosts immunity! According to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, getting a 45-minute massage can lead to significantly higher levels of blood proteins. These blood proteins serve to protect the body from viral infections, other pathogens, and even tumors!
Improve Your Mood
A spa massage is one of the best treatments for stress or the blues. Multiple studies suggest that massages rid the body of most physiological markers of stress, and massages have also been shown to increase levels of serotonin (the happiness neurotransmitter) and dopamine (the motivation neurotransmitter) by 28 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
Sleep Tight (Or Loose)
Loosen up your muscles, and you will sleep like a baby! That is according to experts, at least. A pilot study that looked at the effects of foot and facial massages has demonstrated that a simple 20-minute facial massage can reduce blood pressure significantly and help with sleeping. Foot massages have a similar – though not as dramatic – effect.
Improve Your Skin
Beyond health benefits, massages have surprising ascetic benefits. Massages can help prevent the onset of various skin issues such as wrinkles, pigmentation, dryness, and even acne through the removal of dead skin cells. The oil used in spa massages also fights against stretch marks by stimulating the production of melatonin and moisturizing the skin.
Need Another Excuse to Get a Spa Massage?
As you can see, getting a massage has tons of benefits. Even so, the main reason you should get a spa massage is because you deserve it! Everyone deserves a little pampering now and again, and the health benefits are just an added bonus. If you are interested in finding out more about our luxurious spa options, contact Selah Salon and Spa today!