7 Signs You Need A Body Massage
Nothing feels better than a good, relaxing massage after a long week. The scent of the candles, the feel of the oil, the magical hands of the masseuse with just the right amount of pressure. All of these sound like a luxury. But the truth is, massage should not be a luxury but a regular therapy.
With everything that your body—and your mind—goes through every day, it’s just right to take a moment to recharge. A good body massage offers major health benefits and doing it regularly can improve your overall health.
If you’re looking for a sign to tell you that you need to get a massage, look no further. Here are some of the things you should be on the lookout for.
- You’re in pain
Pain is a way for your body to tell you that that something is wrong. Most of the time, we tend to ignore this pain until it gets worse, which, of course, is not the smart approach. If you are experiencing pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips, a massage therapist can help pinpoint any trigger points to ultimately relax the muscles and soothe the pain.
- You don’t have a full range of motion
You may be ignoring the pain, but there’s no way you could dismiss the inability to move properly. When you can’t lift your arm all the way up, or you can’t turn your head as normally as you can, that’s a sign you need a massage. Massage therapy can help with muscular restrictions.
- You’re getting headaches
Tensions that build up in your shoulders, neck, and trapezoid muscles can cause strains that trigger headaches. What needs to be done is to relax the muscles around this area to promote better blood flow to the head. Committing to regular massages help relieve this tension and prevent tension headaches.
- You’re not getting enough sleep
It’s rather a subtle sign, but if you’ve been having troubles slumbering to dreamland at night, perhaps it’s time to book a body massage. Put simply, when your muscles are relaxed, you’re also relaxed, and when you’re relaxed, sleeping comes easy.
- You are stressed out
Something that’s quite common among most of us: stress. When not addressed, stress can be detrimental to one’s mental and physical health. Massage therapy is one of the best-known ways to decrease stress hormones whilst increasing endorphin levels.
- Your posture is poor
For some, posture can be abruptly corrected in a second. But there are cases where bad posture roots from poor muscle strength and the tension built in the neck and the back. Indulging in a body massage can relieve the tension naturally. Moreover, allowing muscles to move freely into their natural positions, also allows you to enjoy better spinal postural health.
- You haven’t had a massage in a while… or ever
You’re missing out on the delectable side of life if you’re depriving your hard-working self of a body massage. Get a massage at least once a month. If you are training or recovering from an injury, your therapist will recommend undergoing massage therapy more frequently.
When to not have a body massage
As beneficial as it is, there are also circumstances when a body massage should be avoided. If you have any of the following, it is best to completely put on hold your massage plans:
- Open wounds or cuts
- Varicose veins
- Broken bones
Additionally, talk to your doctor and therapist if you have any of the following conditions:
- Blood clots
- Kidney or liver conditions
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Contagious diseases
For pregnant women, a pre-natal massage could be enjoyed after getting a clearance from your doctor. This could also be followed by a post-natal massage.
Your body is made to communicate with you when something is not right. Make it a habit to listen to your body and watch out for signs. A good body massage promotes better blood circulation, increases endorphins, and decreases stress hormones. It alleviates pain whilst helping you move and function better. On top of all of that, you get to feel more relaxed and have a good night’s sleep more consistently. So, what’s not to love about it?
Pamper yourself and get that much-deserved body massage with Bliss Skin Care. Visit us at Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay, or book an appointment here.