Massage therapy has a long history of benefits and extends far beyond just a relaxing day at the spa. Whether it is relief from pain, increase in circulation, mental health issues, or even to promote anti-aging, massage therapy can have a positive impact on many different facets of ones health. Yet, often times massage therapy seems to be geared more towards women or women’s health issues when in fact, massage therapy can have equal benefits on men’s health as well.
At Nature’s Touch, we are putting the emphasis back on men to show that massage therapy can have equally positive health benefits. More and more men are finding therapeutic massage alleviates their stress, sore muscles, and promotes a sense of relaxation.
Father’s Day is the perfect time for us to start Dad’s summer off right! Check out my top five reasons why your Dad, husband, or other special guy in your life deserves a massage:
Shoulder & Back Pain
With yard-work in full force and the golf clubs dusted off, Dad’s body may be feeling a little tight, overworked and sore. His muscles have been over used and overstretched!
Often times those small aches and pains begin to feel normal because they are manageable, but living in that nagging discomfort is not normal! Massage therapy can ease the soreness in Dad’s back and especially around the shoulders where tightness is most common.
Diet and exercise are by far the best ways to maintain a healthy heart, but research has shown that incorporating regular therapeutic massage into a healthy lifestyle can benefit cardiovascular health.
Massage therapy can help reduce stress which in turn can help maintain a normal blood pressure. It also helps keep inflammation at bay, keeping us from having to take pain medications or other prescription pills that can have negative side effects.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to cope with stress is by taking care of your body, and we couldn’t agree more. When your body is physically healthy, it makes everything else easier.
We hold stress in our bodies in the form of muscle tightness. When muscles are tight, it’s not only uncomfortable, it causes a decrease in circulation which can trigger a chain reaction of problems. It can affect sleep patterns, cause headaches, anxiety, digestive issues, and ultimately weaken the immune system causing you to become sick more often.
Let’s face it, most of us live a very sedentary lifestyle. And for the Dad’s who work in an office-type setting or sit at a desk or drive a truck all day, you may hear them complain of stiffness or tightness when they try to get up and move.
As we age and move less, our joints tend to tighten, restricting range of motion. Kneading and working on muscles and joints can help keep them lubricated, more fluid, and working properly.
How often do you find your husband or Dad sleepily sipping coffee in the morning on his way to work? Or maybe your he enjoys a cold beer at night or is known to eat a wings and nachos every now and then. Whatever his vice is, he may be in need of a little detox. Our environment, the food we eat, and just normal wear-and-tear on the body build up toxins in our system and clog our elimination systems. These toxins can can lead to decreases in circulation, brain fog, and chronic fatigue.
Massage therapy can help reduce inflammation and promote an increase in circulation to allow fresh blood to easily flow throughout the body. When vital nutrients and oxygen are able to properly nourish our cells, our energy naturally increases.
Massage is a valuable form of therapeutic relief and offers several health benefits. There are also many different types of massage. Whether dad is looking for a Deep Tissue or Sports Massage, or he just wants a Swedish or Relaxation Massage, the therapists at Nature’s Touch will be sure to match him with the massage session that meets his needs.
Help make your Dad healthier and happier this Father’s Day. Click here to purchase your gift card today.