You really shouldn’t have to talk yourself into getting a massage. While most of us think of it as an occasional indulgence, there are actually recognized health benefits to be had from a regular massage regimen. Think of it from a wellness perspective – you wouldn’t eat healthy only when you’re ill, so why only get a massage when you’re in pain, or your wallet feels full? Here are some very good reasons why you should go ahead and book an appointment.
The main reason a massage feels so great is because it’s improving your body’s natural circulation. The massage action helps your muscles carry oxygen to your organs and tissues, and assists in removing cellular waste and toxins from them. It lets your muscles relax making you feel refreshed afterwards. Even better, regular massage also helps boost your immunity by increasing the levels of proteins in your blood making you better able to fend off infections.
Research has shown that the mind-body connection is real, and massage plays an important role here, too. Stress is a big contributor to illness and disease, and massage is a great, natural way to alleviate it. A recent Korean study found that patients who received a simple, five-minute hand massage prior to undergoing cataract surgery recorded lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who didn’t receive the massage. Another study demonstrated that hands-on massage activates the same part of the brain that opioid painkillers, like codeine, activate.
At Helen’s Haven we offer a full range of therapeutic massage services as well as a team of highly trained professionals to help you meet, and keep, your wellness goals. You can find us at 4819 Kilauea Ave., #6 in Honolulu, or call us on 808-739-0400. If you prefer, download our free mobile app and schedule the appointment that’s right for you. It’s available via a free download from the AppStore, Google Play and Amazon.