It’s pretty common knowledge that getting a massage feels wonderful and will help you relax. But, did you know that the benefits of massage extend far beyond relief for sore muscles? Massage therapy is actually an ancient practice that groups of people like the Chinese have long used to heal all kinds of ailments with the body and mind.
Massage generates chemical changes that will radiate through your body to reach any spots where you’re having pain. So a shoulder rub can actually help with lower back pain as the touch anywhere on the body reduces a pain-causing chemical in the brain called Substance P. Massage can also lower high blood pressure and help relieve stress. It boosts your immune system as well; basically massage lowers all the bad chemicals and increases all the good ones throughout the body. If you suffer from chronic pain, high blood pressure or are trying to reduce your stress and feel healthier, consider getting a massage a couple times a month.