When was the last time you booked a massage therapy treatment to help address specific problems? A lot of people visit a therapist just to unwind or relax, but there are serious and legitimate benefits (both mental and physical) that come along with regular visits to the massage table. Here are three of the biggest.

  1. Lower stress levels

We live in a world where stress is at an all-time high. People are working longer hours, have more activities outside of work, and are processing more information than ever before. All of this can lead to chronic stress, and a buildup of tension in the muscles. Regular massage therapy can and does help relieve stress for countless people around around the world. Living day-by-day with chronic stress affects people in ways that often don’t even realize. It’s often the case that people don’t fully grasp how much stress is affecting them until they begin to experience life without so much stress. And of course, alleviating stress can result in a long list of other benefits, both psychological and physical.

  1. Better sleep

Another big challenge these days is getting enough sleep. According to a lot of the current research, Americans in particular are not getting the sleep they need – which dramatically affects quality of life. There is a large body of research to show that insufficient or poor-quality sleep leads to many serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and many others – plus, there’s a definite effect on day-to-day quality of life when people don’t sleep enough. Massage therapy can get deep into the muscular tissues where stresses and worries are often physically manifested. Sometimes these tight and sore areas are the result of bad posture or unhealthy habits. Overall, the sense of restoration and relaxation that comes with a quality massage therapy treatment will help patients achieve a deeper level of physical and mental relaxation, which helps them sleep better at night.

  1. Pain relief

Aches and pains are a part of life, but many of us go through our daily and weekly routines with attitude that we’ll just put up with the chronic pains we have. In many cases, people aren’t familiar with the pain-relieving effects of therapeutic massage. Going in for a professional massage therapy treatment is often seen as something we do to relax or celebrate ­– but there’s a reason why many insurance and treatment plans actually include regular therapeutic massage. The straightening and cleansing of muscle tissue in areas of chronic pain can and does lead to long-term pain relieving benefits, especially when other lifestyle changes are put into place.

Get the most out of every session

To reap the full benefits of massage therapy, it’s important to choose your therapist wisely. Because massage therapy has become so popular, there are newly-trained therapists entering the market all the time. Make sure to find someone who trained at a reputable massage therapy school. Experience also helps – but finding a good therapist is also about finding a person that you trust and feel comfortable around. Overall, the health benefits of massage therapy are the best reason to book your next session sooner rather than later.

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