How Long Do The Benefits Of Massage Last?
We have all occasionally stressed ourselves out to a point where we yearn for a good massage. Who doesn’t like some self-pampering after all?
What Are The Benefits of Massage?
The perfect massage by an experienced massage therapist can be perfect for treating different ailments.
It can help you relieve stress and can make you feel more relaxed at the end of a hectic week at work.
On the same note, you should know that it’s important to get a massage on a regular basis; constantly working or living in a stressful environment can lead to serious illnesses and physical pain in the body.
Some of the benefits of getting a massage also include the treatment of relaxing our mind and reducing anxiety and depression.
Though talking to a professional seems like the obvious option, getting yourself a massage can be extremely beneficial.
If you have sore muscles or chronic pain in any part of your body, then a massage can often reduce the pain and can play a pivotal role in its treatment.
Athletes are often known to have regular massage, especially sports massage as it helps them release tension at the end of their training sessions and reduce some of the tightness and tension they get from regular training.
Other benefits include reduced muscle tension, treating insomnia (some report a great night’s sleep after a massage), better flexibility and so forth.
How Long Do The Benefits Last?
Everyone has a different body type making it difficult to predict how long the benefits of massage will last.
However, there are some external factors that could help us determine how long the benefits will last. The benefits last differently for different people depending on the life they live and the type of massage they get.
For example, if you live a stressful and hectic life, then the benefits won’t last long as compared to someone who lives a relatively stress-free life.
On average, the benefits of massage can last up to a month or as little as 1 day. On average, most people notice the benefits for about a week. This is one of the reasons it’s recommended that you get a massage on a regular basis.
If you are trying to treat a medical condition through massage, then regular massage can go a long way.
A study revealed that for patients with osteoarthritis, regular massages can not only reduce the pain but also aid in its treatment.
How to Make the Benefits of Massage Last Longer
- Following a massage session, stay away from things that may cause you to feel stressed out or angry.
- Make sure you don’t have caffeinated drinks after a massage session as caffeine makes the muscles tense reducing some of the effectiveness of the massage.
- Enjoy the relaxed feeling after a massage and skip the workout at the gym. Although individuals can still train after a massage, it is best to have a rest day on the day of your massage.
- In addition, you can also prepare yourself a bath with Epsom salts. It is popular for relaxing your nervous system, soothing sore muscles, and relaxing the limbs. The improved blood circulation will certainly have a positive effect on your body – physically and mentally.
Now that you know how long the benefits of a massage last, as well as how to prolong them, make sure to try these and let us know how it went.
Tyler Lowe – Health & Wellbeing Speaker
BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation