Wellness massages are meant to help you relax and make you feel better, but while the goal may be to help you relax, it is not considered a relaxation massage, nor is it a therapeutic massage. This is not a fluffy, pampering massage or a massage intended to treat any injuries. Essentially, the wellness massage is a holistic massage when it comes to your physical and mental health.
Physical Health Benefits
A wellness massage focuses on relaxing your muscles and helping support your body’s natural healing process. The muscles get relaxed and toned, while your tension eases out of your body, and your aches get soothed; it can help ease pain for those suffering from chronic pain. It can increase your range and mobility and improve your posture, digestion, and overall physical performance.
This massage style is supposed to increase your blood flow to your muscles, joints, and tendons. This massage can help reduce your blood pressure and it can turn off your fight or flight response by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. Massages can help detoxify your body, flushing out impurities and toxins through your skin, giving you softer, more lustrous skin; it also promotes hair growth and makes your hair healthier.
Mental Health Benefits
During a wellness massage, you can meditate to ease your mind of stresses too, letting the massage help your mental health. Since stress tenses up the muscles, this is a great benefit.
The massage can release oxytocin — the feel-good hormone — giving you some emotional strength and helping to improve your overall mood. The wellness massage can help ease some of your anxiety and depression as well. Often, people will leave a massage feeling more energetic, because so many things occupying their minds and affecting their bodies have been eased away. Since the wellness massage helps relax your body and mind, it can help you sleep better.
Daily Wellness Massage
When you are stressed and tense, your body releases a stress hormone, cortisol, which can cause insomnia, headaches, and more. Having a massage decreases the cortisol levels in your body, easing your stress on a hormonal level. If you have daily massages, you can significantly decrease your stress in the long-term and enjoy many health benefits. A wellness massage can be considered more of a preventative health measure, instead of a treatment after an injury has occurred.
You may be thinking that massages are expensive or are saved for a luxury spa day, but thanks to massage technology, you can enjoy massages daily from the comfort of your own home. You can set up your own relaxation corner of your home, where you can light candles, listen to relaxing music, and enjoy your massage, either to end your day or to help you relax before a hard day. Showing yourself care and love is important for your mental health, so pampering yourself a little bit every day may seem indulgent, but your physical and mental health is worth it. Even a quick, 10-minute massage each day can help improve your health.
About the Author
Auz Burger is a freelance writer who specializes in health, wellness, andmassage technology. She has a BA from Washington State University and has been writing and editing professionally for 10 years. Connect with her on Twitter at @AuzBurger.