by Kelly McNally, Licensed Massage Therapist, AMTA, NCMTB
Anytime is a great time to receive a massage, but the start of the New Year is the perfect time to make positive changes and discover the benefits of massage therapy. A massage reduces stress, relieves fatigue, promotes a sense of relaxation, and is the best break you can give yourself after the hustle of the holidays.
January is the time when many of us kick off a new start to our workout programs. A massage after a workout is a wonderful way to decrease muscle tension, soreness, and inflammation. Further, a post-workout massage increases blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue to hasten workout recovery, as well as lessens the pain associated with muscle cramps and spasms. Muscle tissue that has suffered injury tends to heal dramatically faster when therapeutic massage is applied regularly.
As the days are now shorter and the nights are colder, even the best of us can get a little down. These “winter blues” are quite common, and massage therapy is a great way to lift your spirits. A massage can reduce levels of stress hormones and boost your body’s mood enhancing hormones, serotonin and dopamine. Massage has also been proven to aid in rebuilding a more positive self-image. When you feel good after a healthy dose of pampering, you feel better about yourself.
January is the perfect time to start a maintenance plan to reap the benefits all yearlong. While a massage can be considered an indulgence, it is more so a significant component to achieving overall health, wellness, and relaxation. Schedule a massage today to improve your body’s circulation, alleviate tension, and start this year off right by living a comfortable and stress-free lifestyle.