We often think that getting a massage is something we do to pamper ourselves. While this is true, there are also several benefits associated with massage therapy at your Greeley spa. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn all about the health benefits of massage therapy.

So if you have friends or family members who poke fun at you when you set an appointment for a massage, you can kindly point out that you are getting a massage for health reasons. Here are a few examples you can give them.

Manage Stress

Getting a massage is very relaxing. Well, that surely isn’t breaking news, but there are a few things we often forget. For example, stress is directly related to a wide range of issues we deal with in our lives, from small, common problems like having a headache to serious issues like cancer or other diseases. So managing stress could mean you are preventing some physical conditions in your body.

You see, massage releases the important endorphins in your body that help you to calm down. You wind up feeling better and a heck of a lot less stressed about everything.

Reduced Use of Pain Medications

Did you know that more people die every year from painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined? It is estimated that nearly 50 people die every day from prescription painkillers, either from overdose or misuse.

Studies show that massage therapy can reduce the need for painkillers by as much as 36 percent. And massage helps relieve all types of pain, including serious conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Relieve Anxiety and Depression

In addition to all of the physical health attributes associated with massage therapy, it seems that it can also improve your mental well-being. You heard it right here, folks, psychological issues that affect us like depression and anxiety can be directly associated with elevated cortisol levels. Well, studies have shown that massage therapy helps reduce the levels of cortisol while increasing the levels of neurotransmitters that help defeat depression and anxiety.

Sure, there are a lot of big words in that last sentence, but all you need to know is that if you want to feel better about yourself, try massage therapy. Massage tends to help the symptoms that are the end result of depression and anxiety. So it can alleviate headaches, lower blood pressure and improve your breathing.

Look Great

Massage therapy relaxes your face muscles, which softens your expression and hides those unattractive lines you get when you look angry or hurt. Massage therapy also improves circulation and gives you a radiant look. Good blood flow gives you a great glow.

There are also a number of skin conditions that are directly related to elevated stress levels. And as we pointed out earlier, massage is a great way to relieve stress. Therefore, massage therapy can help clear up skin problems associated with stress. It’s all simple math really.

Increase Your Energy Levels

You can throw away those energy drinks and cut down to only one cup of coffee a day if you enjoy massage therapy. This is because massage can give you increased energy levels. The act of massage improves your blood circulation and increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, which is great if you want added energy.

Additionally, massage therapy relaxes you and helps you sleep better. Which means you wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Boost Immune System

Massage promotes the functionality of your lymph system, which is responsible for the removal of toxins and other harmful bacteria from your body. There is also evidence that massage therapy enhances the production of your natural killer cells, the ones that are the first line of defense in your immune system.

So as you can see, getting a massage is just as much about your health as it is something you do to pamper yourself.