Craving for human touch or interaction in the middle of a pandemic has become a common feeling, and massage therapy might be the right answer for it. As the recommendation has been to stay at home, and distanced from people outside of the household, getting your skin and muscles pressed or rubbed can compensate for the lack of movement a lot of people are going through, since commuting from the bed to the living room desk has become part of the daily routine.
According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of massage therapy ranges from reducing stress, increasing relaxation, reducing pain and muscle tension, to improving immune function in the human body. A recent research also observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only 10 minutes of receiving a massage.
“With so many people spending most of their time at home juggling homeschooling with working from home at their kitchen table or living room floor, it’s important that we’re taking care of our bodies. Incorporating self-care rituals like therapeutic massage or regular skin care into our routines is key to boosting self-confidence and keeping your body working. You’ve only got one body, right? So, you need to take the best care of it that you can and committing to taking care of your body on a regular basis is so important”, stated Beth Stiller, Chief Executive Officer of Massage Envy in an article this month.
A Session Can Compensate for the Sitting Hours
In the past months, Canadian professionals have pointed out the increase in the demand for massage therapists. Patients have showed up with neck and back pain, as a result of spending too many hours sitting in front of the computer. “Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck”, said Aaron Tanason, a registered massage therapist in Toronto, to Reader’s Digest.
Getting touched by a trained professional can also help to improve the body’s posture. Experts suggest that the position adopted daily it’s the main source of pain. InMotion Health Centre, located in Newfoundland, explains: “Chronic back pain, which is the number one reason for missed work days and second most common cause of disability, is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and/or sitting. Being overweight, having poor posture, and repeating movements can also contribute to the strain on the back and other potential problem areas. As a result, the added strain often causes spasms, pain, and tense muscles in the hips, glutes, back, neck, and legs”.
Lower Blood Pressure
Getting regular sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. The InMotion Health Centre cites a study in the journal Biological Research for Nursing, that found that people who had at least three 10-minute back massages a week lowered their blood pressure more than people who spent the same amount of time just relaxing.
The center also states that an individual massage can reduce cortisol levels and regular massage sessions can reduce trigger sources for anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression and, in turn, reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues.
Improves Immune Function
Besides activating your muscles, and lowering stress levels, getting a proper massage can also strengthen the immune system. When stress is combined with sleep disturbances and poor nutrition, the body’s immune system is more vulnerable, and its ability to naturally protect itself against infections, pathogens, and bacteria is greatly reduced.
InMotion Health Centre refers that according to studies, regular massage sessions not only help reduce stress, but can also boost the immune system’s natural ability to fight off pathogens, and it can enhance the body’s ability to deliver nourishment.
Best Health Magazine references a 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, that found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease. Additionally, it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV,” says Lisa Marie de Miranda, a registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy.
To start improving your body’s functions, you can schedule a massage session at the ERP College Massage Clinic, where our students will be ready to assess your treatment and deliver a professional and affordable massage for $30 per hour. You can book your appointment by calling +1 403-452-0745, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to become a massage therapist instead, we also have a two year program designed to provide in-depth academic training, and the hands-on practical experience needed to be part of the workforce in the healthcare field. The program aims to develop a well-rounded professional who can practice in a wide range of medical and therapeutic settings. It also facilitates students the ability to assess and provide treatment of chronic diseases, injuries, stress, pain and other medical conditions through a variety of massage techniques. Register here.