Why getting a massage can be a healthy thing you can do for your body … especially during the holidays

By Sarah Marcantonio
Woman getting a massage for health - Vitality

Picture this: You’re lying on a massage table while a trained therapist works to relieve muscle tension and soreness throughout your body. The lights are low, the pressure is just right, and you’re so relaxed you could almost fall asleep right then and there. Heaven, right?

Massages can feel like a luxury, but they’re actually a helpful part of living your healthiest life. Getting a massage is a great way to pamper yourself.

If you’re a Vitality member, you can use your Vitality Bucks to purchase a Spa and Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week. Use your gift card to book an appointment at a local spa and schedule a massage! Here’s why getting a massage is healthy:

Massage is helpful for a variety of mental health disorders: most notably, anxiety.

For those suffering from anxiety, massage is a great technique that can be used to reduce symptoms of anxiety. Therapeutic massages have been shown to lower stress levels, and many massage therapists are now trained in ways to reduce those stress levels in clients who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. Because massage therapy reduces stress and relieves pain, two major sources of anxiety, this is a great, natural way to help those with this mental health disorder relax and heal.

Massage is a great way to relieve holiday stress and can help you get a better night’s sleep.

As we mentioned, massage therapy has been proven to relieve stress. It can also help you get a better night’s sleep, which is something for which we’re all striving. Higher stress levels often lead to difficulty sleeping — and even insomnia in extreme cases. Massage therapy can lower your stress levels and make you feel totally relaxed and ready for a restful night of sleep.

Massage can help heal soft tissue strains or injuries and sports injuries.

Massage therapy can actually heal injuries in the soft tissue caused by working out or doing sports. A “sports massage” can heal injured muscles or tissue and these massages tend to target specific areas of the body, depending on what your needs are.

Massage can relieve joint pain, sore muscles, headaches, digestive disorders, pain from fibromyalgia, and more.

In addition to healing some minor injuries, massage can relieve all sorts of pain symptoms — everything from a minor headache to recurring fibromyalgia pain or digestive disorders. Because massage is one of the most soothing and relaxing spa treatments, it’s also a great way to reduce pain in clients with specific concerns about their body.

There are many more benefits to massage therapy that you should experience for yourself! Now is a great time to spend your Vitality Bucks. You could even purchase a Spa and Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week to  give to your favorite friend or family member for the holidays!


This post guest written by Sarah Marcantonio, Editor of Spa Week Daily

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