Human touch can be one of the most relaxing and healing experiences a person can have, yet our culture has placed severe restrictions on whom we are allowed to touch, in what way and at what time. For many people, physical contact is limited to firm handshakes at work or the cold, fake hugs passed out at social events. For many others, their only contact is with their partner. It’s no surprise that our hands-off culture has produced many people in desperate need of therapeutic, no-expectations human touch. Massage therapy can offer you many benefits, some of which you may not have previously been aware of here in Knoxville.
Lowered Anxiety Levels and Stress
When someone is visibly upset or anxious, our first instinct is often to hug them or pat their shoulder. Our instincts tell us that touch is soothing and science backs it up. People who receive regular massage have lowered levels of stress hormones and experience less anxiety. If you or someone you care about suffers from feeling nervous or anxious a lot, massage therapy can help you to unwind, calm your mind and relax.
Learning Your Body’s Cues
Plenty of people in Knoxville learn to ignore their body’s cues. For example, you may tense your lower spine unconsciously and have no idea why your back hurts all the time. Some people breathe very shallowly and then feel out of breath frequently. Others tense their jaw and suffer migraine headaches. Massage therapy can bring these issues to your attention and help you learn to feel your body completely. This can help with nagging or mysterious pains and help you to feel more balanced in your body.
Help with Chronic Pain
Unrelenting pain can have a huge effect of your quality of life. While relief for chronic pain largely depends on the cause, massage therapy has been shown to help relieve some forms of chronic pain. This happens because massage encourages the body to release endorphins that help combat pain. The relaxation of massage is also good for chronic pain. As long as your doctor has cleared you to try massage therapy, there is no harm at all in trying it and finding out if massage will help with your pain issues.
While serious circulation issues need to be attended to by a doctor, minor circulatory issues can often be helped with this form of therapy. If you often get cramps in your legs, it may be because you are tensing them unconsciously and depriving them of blood flow. If your feet or hands are always cold and your doctor has told you you’re healthy, massage can help get the blood flowing into your extremities and warm them up. For those who experience mild swelling in their feet from sitting at a desk all day, massage can help encourage the body to circulate and eliminate excess fluid.
Massage therapy has many benefits to offer, both physically and mentally. Here at Knox Wellness, we offer a wide range of services and will tailor your session to your comfort level and personal needs. If you are ready to see what massage therapy can offer you, contact our Knoxville office today to schedule an appointment.