It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping time. There is no doubt that shopping for gifts gets you in the spirit of the holidays, but it also comes with added stress and pressure. That’s the last thing you need! If you’re having a hard time figuring out the perfect gift for your loved ones, you can stop looking. Massage therapy is the ultimate holiday gift. It is unique, fun, and extremely beneficial for all ages.
Give the gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays are over; here are five simple reasons why you should give the gift of massage therapy:
1. Stress management
The relaxation benefits of massage therapy have been proven again and again from study to study. One of the major reasons often cited is the decrease in the stress hormone cortisol (studies have shown massage therapy can decrease this hormone as much as 53%). The bottom line: massage therapy promotes relaxation and offers stress relief from just a single session, let alone from regular appointments. You can’t beat the gift of relaxation!
2. Improved sleep
No matter who you are, better sleep is always welcomed. Poor sleep can lead to a variety of other health conditions; massage therapy has been proven to improve your sleep. Whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or fighting feelings of fatigue, massage therapy is a great option.
3. Anxiety and depression relief
There are dozens upon dozens of studies that have shown massage therapy to be helpful for easing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you know a friend or family member who is suffering, one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give is massage therapy to help them deal with an otherwise difficult situation.
4. Pain management
Whether it’s as simple as a headache or as complicated as chronic all-over pain, massage therapy can offer relief to virtually all body aches and pains. Neck pain, back pain, joints or muscle stiffness, work-related pain – you name it, massage therapy can help it. What better gift that pain relief?
5. Immune system boost
Because massage therapy improves blood and lymphatic circulation, it can help give your immune system a little extra boost. With cold and flu season in full swing, everyone can use added protection from illness (especially around the holidays).