What Are The Benefits of Massage?

Massage, taken from the French word meaning “friction of kneading,” has been used for healing and pain relief for over 5,000 years.  Massage therapy dates back to ancient India, where it was used for natural healing.  There are even images in Egyptian tombs of people receiving massage.  

Fast forward to Dutch doctor Johann Georg Mezger, who invented Swedish massage in 1868.  Swedish Massage, one of 350 massage modalities, is the most popular type of massage here in Houston and across the U.S.  Massage was brought to this country in the 1850’s by two physicians.  

It continues to be the top treatment for muscle pain relief and overall relaxation.  Did you know that a one-hour massage equates to about 7-8 hours of sleep?  Read on for more benefits of one of America’s favorite ways to recharge and recuperate.

Relieves Stress and Promotes Relaxation

During a massage, your body releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals that help you feel good and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Massage also can help lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels, all of which contribute to a more relaxed state of mind and body.  

Doing a couple’s massage with a spouse, partner, parent, or friend is a great way to reset and deepen the relationship through a shared experience.  A great massage may also release dopamine, oxytocin (the love hormone) and serotonin, creating a calm and more cheerful feeling.    

Reduces Muscle Tension and Pain

Specific massages, such as Deep Tissue Massage and Sports , are an effective way to naturally relieve muscle cramps, tight muscles, and knots.  Muscles are elongated and stretched. When a massage therapist applies pressure to specific muscles, knots, and trigger points, they help to relax the muscles, separating and loosening the muscle’s fibers.  A massage also increases the muscle temperature, which improves range of movement, lowers pain, and reduces chances of sports and other injuries.

Improves Circulation

The pressure applied by a professional masseuse moves blood through congested areas, allowing fresh blood flow.  It increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and organs, boosting your overall health and wellbeing. Improved circulation can also help promote healing and reduce the risk of injury.


Boosts the Immune System

Improving your circulation also benefits your immune system.  A professional massage can reduce inflammation, leading to a stronger immune response.  Massages help boost the body’s natural defenses and improve its ability to fight off illness and disease. Additionally, massage can help stimulate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in fighting infection and disease.

Improves Quality of Sleep

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.  When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it affects your concentration, energy levels, mood and even your immune system.  Massage therapy can help break the cycle, sending signals to the brain that it is time to relax.  People report being able to fall asleep more easily and stay in a deep, restorative sleep longer. Additionally, massage can help reduce symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disorders, making it an effective complementary therapy for those who struggle with sleep issues.  It is also a drug-free, healthy way to reduce fatigue.

Massage therapy is a valuable form of complementary medicine that can provide a wide range of benefits for the body and mind. From reducing stress and muscle tension to improving circulation and boosting the immune system, massage has proven itself over the centuries as an effective way to improve your health and wellbeing.

We recommend getting a massage monthly to reap the rewards of this ancient practice.  The Greenhouse Day Spa offers a variety of massages, from Pre-Natal to Reflexology and Hot Stones.  We look forward to helping you revitalize and relax.