Health Benefits of a Massage| Massage in Scottsdale | New Serenity Spa
Health Benefits of a Massage
Massage in Scottsdale | Massage in Phoenix | New Serenity Day Spa
The Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals group reports that only 12% of Americans have had massage. This means that the general public still is not embracing massage and the profession has to do more to educate people on the health benefits of a massage.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine shows that volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also experienced an increase in the white blood cells that are part of the immune system. There is significant evidence that a massage can offer many benefits to your health and overall well-being.
At New Serenity Spa, we offer one of the most relaxing massages in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
Here are a few areas where a massage can be of benefit:
- Back pain. A massage can help people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn’t receive any massage treatment. It Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain. More than one study has shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back pain. One study conducted in 2003 showed that a massage worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back pain — reducing the need for painkillers by 36%. “We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga,” Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.
- Anxiety. A review of more than 12 studies shows that massage helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And massage increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
- Headache. Another type of pain — headache — also responds to massage therapy, as shown by more than one study. A massage helps the body release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. A regular massage can reduce a person’s number of migraines, according to WebMD, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels. A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.
- Sleep. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. A number of studies attribute this to a massage’s affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health magazine.
- Osteoarthritis. In the first clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function.
- Cancer. Used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your immune system.
- Raise Alertness. Want to boost your brainpower? Adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a small 1996 Touch Research Institute (TRI) study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately.
- Skin Appearance. A massage can help increase circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. A facial that incorporated facial massage can significantly improve the way you look and feel. A massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.
Research shows that a massage can have a significant impact in your overall well-being.
If you are part of the 88% of Americans who have never received a massage, try one now. You will be amazed at the results.
A Massage has its benefits… Lots of them!
At New Serenity Spa, we offer one of the best and most relaxing massages in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
If a massage is not in your immediate future, you may want to consider our Serenity Facial. This facial is highly regarded by our customers reviews as one of the most relaxing facials in Scottsdale.
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