Getting a massage is a treat. Spending a blissful hour being pampered while soft music plays in the background and delicious scents fill the air (not to mention the peace and quiet) is only a few steps away from heaven. The benefits don’t stop there. Massage therapy is also a time-honored way to improve health and wellness. Which is why we provide a professional massage therapist on-site in Veranda.
Here’s a breakdown of all the benefits you can receive if you make massages part of your wellness regime.
Whether you have a sports injury, a sore back or stiff muscles, a massage therapist can rub it out. Studies have shown that a sports massage has similar benefits to doing yoga and you don’t have to purchase workout clothes.
Give Your Immune System a Boost
Research indicates that a massage can give your immune system a boost. People who received a 45-minute massage had an increased number of the white blood cells responsible for defending the body against infection. The massage also reduced inflammation, which may be responsible for a number of chronic diseases.
Catch Some Z’s
A good night’s sleep reduces stress, increases focus and just feels good. We don’t get enough of it, though. A good massage can actually increase delta waves, which are associated with deep sleep.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Massages temporarily change the body’s chemistry reducing high cortisol levels that are responsible for feeling stressed and anxious. Studies show that just 15 minutes at the massage table can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.
Get More Flexible
Anyone that has ever received a massage knows how great it feels to ease the tension in your shoulders. Did you know it can increase your range of motion? Relaxed muscles allow for a greater range of motion in the joints.
No More Toxins
We take in toxins from food, air pollution and other sources every day. Many get embedded in our muscles. Massages stimulate your lymphatic system helping to release them. That’s why you should drink a lot of water after your massage.
Helps With Anxiety and Depression
A massage can increase levels of dopamine and serotonin. These are the “feel good emotions.” Raising their levels can increase feelings of happiness and decrease depression.
In general, massages are very beneficial, but you might want to skip the rub-down if you are taking blood-thinning medication, have deep vein thrombosis, infections and severe osteoporosis. If you have never had a massage before, discuss any health issues with your doctor. Let your massage therapist know, as well.
The Cottage House at Veranda Spa
Residents of Veranda have access to a full-service spa located in our amenity complex. The spa is staffed by licenses aestheticians and massage therapists. Our therapists offer Swedish massage, hot stone massage, Himalayan salt massage, sports massage and deep tissue massage. Readily available massage services — just another reason to make the move to Veranda!