A soothing massage might help you unwind, but according to leading hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, massage has far more therapeutic benefit than one might imagine.
Massage is the term used for the manipulation and rubbing of the skin, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Light stroking, percussive tapping or deep pressure techniques can be used depending on the needs of the client and the training of the massage therapist.
The two types of massage most commonly used are deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage uses slow, forceful strokes to target deep layers of muscle. Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses kneading, circular movements and tapping on the topmost layer of muscle both to energize and relax you.
Massage therapy has been show to help effectively manage anxiety and depression, relieve stress, reduce blood pressure, release toxins, and alleviate muscular pain and stiffness. More than that, in conjunction with other complementary medicines, massage can help balance a body’s energy, improve flexibility that is being produced in activities such as yoga, and calm the mind.
Some people enjoy massage because the physical connection between the client and massage therapist can involve a sense of comfort and caring. For those who have experienced physical trauma, massage can release physical manifestations of that trauma that are essentially caught in the body. For those with a history of sexual assault or abuse, massage can help you reclaim a sense of empowerment and control over your body.