The present day and age see our daily routines swamped with activities- be it work related, study related or our relationships. More often than not, we tend to get stressed about either of these fields and to make things worse, the unrelenting pace of the modern era does not give you time to reflect upon your musings.
For many centuries, practices like meditation and yoga have been practiced in the subcontinent and have claimed to have had unparalleled success in achieving the calm of mind. A similar trend is resurfacing in today’s day and age, that of ‘Massage Therapy.’
What is Massage Therapy?
By definition, the word ‘massage’ is the manipulation of the muscles and joints of the body by application of light pressure so as to create a soothing effect or relieve one of the pain. This practice has been extended into our daily lives and has become the home-place of therapy in the modern age.
Benefits of Massage Therapy.
1.) Improves the Quality And Longevity Of Sleep
Cases of insomnia in the youth of today have been a prevalent issue that has been unaddressed and uncatered. However, massage therapy is now able to relieve the individual undertaking this therapy from stress and thereby improving their quality and longevity of sleep. What this ensures is that the individual now awakens with a wholesome feeling, contrary to without the therapy, wherein the individual awakens feeling lethargic and drowsy.
2.) Reduced Muscle Pain And Injuries
As a direct application, massage therapy allows for the application of pressure on the target areas of the body so as to relieve the individual from muscle pain. In the longer scheme of things, this therapy ensures that the individual is now at a lower risk of injuries and muscle pain.
3.) Regulates Blood Pressure In Individuals
Its anti-therapeutic effect is claimed to regulate the blood pressure in individuals as a direct consequence of the increased flow of blood in the various parts of the body. Therefore, in the long term, people who are subject to such therapy are less likely to suffer from heart ailments like that of myocarditis.
In individuals who face anxiety and panic attacks on a regular basis, this therapy normalizes one’s range of reaction to the different stimuli.
4.) Revitalises The Individual
Application of pressure on various parts of the body results in the activation of the lymphatic system which in turn release hormones that help an individual to sleep. The increased quality in the sleeping patterns of an individual now means that the individual awakens feeling revitalized and therefore does not have to consume caffeinated products at the start of the day. This influx of energy within an individual is now channeled towards the various work-related activities that the individual is indulged in, thereby raising their level of quality of life.
5.) Improves Concentration Spans And Body Postures
The state of pensive that massage therapy nudges one into is that of serene and calm. A similar sort of therapeutic effect is induced by meditation and yoga; all of these activities helping in clearing the clutter in the individual’s mind and therefore increasing one’s attention span and concentration levels.
Not only does this therapy have psychological therapeutic effects, but it also has physiological benefits like that of inducing an upright posture in the individual undertaking the therapy. Relieving the joints of the body in a controlled manner helps in increasing the overall flexibility of the individual and therefore correcting one’s posture.
These are only a few of the advantages that indulging in massage therapy has on the life of an individual; an inexpensive tool in life via which one can reap the greatest of benefits both on a psychological and a physiological sphere.