Sure, the thought of lying in a zen room engulfed with the essence of lavender, with the candles lit and lights dimmed while on a comfortable massage table, sounds very sublime. But, there’s more to massages than the pure atmospheric relaxation.

Massages aren’t designed just to be ‘relaxing’. The practice of using touch or touch therapy as a healing method dates to ancient medical practices. Massages can relieve pain, heal injuries, reduce stress, prevent and even cure illnesses. Although this practice is old, it hasn’t lost its potency. We’re highlighting how massages can keep an individual healthy beyond the zen.

How it affects health

Massage therapy is recommended for a myriad of medical conditions, from diabetes to chronic pain, arthritis to high blood pressure. The list is endless. In terms of chronic pain, massages can help boost one’s serotonin levels, causing the body to relieve itself of pain naturally.

For diabetes patients, massages help in restoring the body’s proper secretion and use of insulin. It also lowers internal inflammation.

Also, massages can improve flexibility as they stimulate the manufacture of the body’s natural lubricants, which facilitate flexibility in movement. Massages can help insomnia patients as they offer pain relief, and unlike synthetic drugs, massages have no short-term or long-term side effects. Speaking of relief, athletes require massages before and during sports to stimulate blood flow and increase their performance.

These are just a handful of ways how massages can keep you healthy. Massage therapy can be used for diverse ailments, both mental and physical, and it proves effective every time. They’re great for diffusing stress, relaxing, curbing anxiety, and inviting mental balance, but they can be utilized for general wellbeing.

While massages are typically associated with beauty and self-care, the practice is especially useful for medical reasons.