So you're having a rough day (or week, or month) and you could really use a treat, and a cupcake won't do it. But you're hesitating because do you really want to spend that money on something that only lasts an hour?
The short answer is YES, you do want to spend the money. Here are five reasons why you'll want to press "purchase" when it comes to booking massage services.
1. It can help with anxiety.
Getting a massage can help lower the amount of cortisol in the body, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can lead to weight gain, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure. Getting a massage allows you to enjoy the relaxing feeling of being touched in a safe environment, and also helps you to not think about other stressful events for a little while. You'll be so focused on the massage itself that you can slow your mind and hence relax your body. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that after a massage, cortisol drops and feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine spike.
2. It can help with sports injuries.
There is actually a special kind of massage you can get that helps prevent and treat injuries. The style is very similar to the gentler Swedish massage, which uses strokes and kneading to work out sore muscles and joints.
3. It can get rid of headaches.
A lot of the time, headaches are a result of stress, and since massages help aid in the process of letting negative emotions and thoughts go, you'll consequently be letting go of the tension that's causing headaches. If you're not a fan of Advil, you might want to try a nice aromatherapy massage instead.
4. It can lower blood pressure.
High levels of cortisol in the body can cause blood pressure to spike, and getting a massage can lessen the amount of stress that's affecting your body. This means fewer stress hormones getting sent out, thus lowering blood pressure. Massages also help with circulation, and doing some deep breathing while you're being massaged can help as well.
5. It can help get rid of insomnia.
Insomnia can easily be caused by too much stress. You can't let go of that fight you had with your boyfriend, and you dread having to go to work tomorrow. If you feel like your mind won't stop racing, make a massage appointment. The sensation of touch can help you feel calmer emotionally. It also has positive effects on the body. If you let your mind calm down, your body will follow—making it easier for you to get some shut-eye.