Life is a stressful thing. Work, children, bills, and every other issue that comes up causes stress. It is important to find a balance for all of it before we eventually become tired and rundown. It is also necessary to find time for ourselves to relax both physically and mentally. Massage is a great way to feel calm and can be helpful for our health. I’ve been using my HoMedics Quad Shiatsu Massage Cushion while I work and at the end of the day I feel great. It works wonders and is so beneficial. Here are 7 great benefits of massage, both physically, mentally, and spiritually.
- Biological Improvement
A deep tissue massage has been proven by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to be beneficial. A deep tissue massage reduces the production of the cortisol hormone linked to stress and weight gain. A light massage also increases the hormone Oxytocin, which is seen as a pleasure hormone. And, again, keeps the adrenal glands from making cortisol. So, in addition to relieving tension and stress, massage can help reduce stress caused weight gain.
- Natural Pain Remedy
Pain reducing muscle relaxants have many disadvantages and they can become addicting. Tolerance is built up in the body and results in a need for an increased dosage to have the same effect. In summary, pain medication can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Lower back pain can be reduced immediately after a massage and the relief can last for up to six months using either light or deep tissue massage. Massage is an exceptional and natural alternative to pain medication and is a preferable choice to synthetic pain medication.
- Relieve Headaches
Tension headaches are painful and debilitating and often caused by small nerve issues or stress. Finding an effective method without taking a handful of pills is important. When I feel a headache developing, I put my HoMedics Quad Shiatsu Massage Cushion on the Kneading setting and focus on my upper back, shoulders, and neck. With the heat on and HoMedics Cushion working on my back, my headache begins to melt away.
About 15 to 30 minutes of using my HoMedics Shiatsu, my headache is gone and my back, shoulders, and neck feel loose. So, just as my HoMedics helps, a nice massage on the neck and shoulders by your masseuse or spouse can relieve tension headaches and save you from taking a lot of pain medication.
- Loosen Tight Muscles
I sit at the computer while I work and for personal uses well. I often get stuck sitting in the same position. My HoMedics Shiatsu Quad Cushion is perfect to sit back on wherever I start working. I can keep it on a low setting with a little warmth and my muscles stay loose all day. Before I would get stiff and muscles so tight it was hard to move. Massage helps to oxygenate the blood to flow through the body and muscles, keeping them loose and ready. A long car ride can cause a lot of tightness and pain in the back and neck. A 15 minute massage at a spa, or preferably using my HoMedics Quad Shiatsu Massage Pad, relaxes muscles and eases the aches from that long ride in the car.
- Improves Sleep
If you have problems sleeping, massage may be the answer you are looking for. A great massage is relaxing and it is easy to sneak in a siesta during a rub down. Massage can also help improve actual sleep cycles. When we get a massage the tension in our muscles eases. The body produces brain waves associated with sleep. These are called delta waves and assist in achieving quality sleep. I use my HoMedics on low knead with heat for about 10 minutes before bed. Not only does it relax me and help me fall asleep, it also helps me stay asleep. It is a huge advantage because aside from getting to sleep, staying asleep is a big issue for me.
- Boost Immune System
Flu season is most associated with the winter months, but the flu virus doesn’t take a vacation. There is a threat of becoming ill from the virus all year long. Thankfully, massage has been linked to a boost in the immune system. Researchers learned that massage can increase the production of white blood cells in the body. As you may already know, white blood cells fight off disease and illness causing threats in the body. A regular massage can help your body fight off those nasty bugs that cause the flu and the other illnesses don’t stand a chance!
- Helps PMS Symptoms
Women who have suffered the symptoms of PMS can relate. Bloating, cramping, and a clouded mind are just a few side effects of our monthly visitor. I don’t like taking a lot of bloating and pain medication and I am always open to alternative relief. I learned that a 15-minute massage on the lower and upper back and the neck can reduce PMS symptoms noticeably. I can attest to my HoMedics. I put the heat on my lower back with the tap setting on for about 10 minutes. The cramps were minimized and bloating dwindled. And, in turn I felt more focused and clear headed.
Everyday stressors are inevitable and we can’t turn off life to avoid the tension and discomfort that it brings. We can, however, find the alternative way to ease the problems it brings. Massage is a simple and effective way to reduce symptoms of stress. Lessened headaches, relieved PMS, better sleep, and more are advantages of massage.
I love my HoMedics Quad Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat because I can use it anytime and anywhere I need without having to make an appointment for a masseuse. I recommended trying one of the many massage gadgets from HoMedics, especially the Shiatsu Massage Cushion.They are effective, affordable, and well worth it. Give it a try and you’ll have be able to get your relax on in no time at all!
This post was made possible by HoMedics and written by me. All statements and opinions are 100% my own.