1) Manage Anxiety and Depression
For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.
2) Ease Pain
The benefits of massage have been found to be as strong as those reported for other treatments including medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga. Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.
3) Improve Sleep
If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. A number of studies have examined this link, and chalk it up to massage’s affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health magazine.
4) Boost Immunity
In one 2010 study, researchers found massage increased a person’s disease-fighting white blood cells. The stress-reducing powers of massage can also help keep you healthy.
5) Beat PMS
At least one small study found that massage can kick pesky PMS symptoms, like bloating and mood swings, to the curb.
6) Raise Alertness and Brain Power
Adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a Touch Research Institute study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately.
7) Curb Headaches
Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular massage can reduce a person’s number of migraines, according to WebMD, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels.
8) Improve Skin
A little prodding in the right places can even have beauty benefits. Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in) and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.
9) Ease Cancer Treatment