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Signs You Need Massage



The holidays, whether we want to admit it or not, bring a lot of stress with them! While we may be getting caught up on what needs to be done, we can’t forget about ourselves and our needs.

It’s okay to take a break! In fact, you’ll find that taking the time to refuel will pay off

While there may be many signs to schedule a massage, here are a few of the most common:

You have sore muscles.

Muscle temperatures increase during a massage, which increases blood flow, and this brings healing cells that help repair muscle fibers faster, which reduces discomfort and helps you recover faster. Blood going away from muscles also helps remove toxins like lactic acid that build up.

You get frequent headaches

Not only can massage help relieve headache pain, but it can also help to prevent headaches from occurring.

Massage is helpful for many reasons when it comes to headache relief:

  1. Massage promotes circulation, which can relieve a headache caused by a lack of blood flow.

  2. Massage relieves muscle tension in that loosening muscles attached to the base of the skull can relieve tension headaches that can travel up the back of the head and into the eye.

  3. Massage helps lower the stress hormone Cortisol, while increasing endorphins. This can help prevent the onset of a stress headache.

Many people don’t realize that increasing circulation in the muscles in your neck can help get rid of a headache

You aren’t getting quality sleep.

Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or constantly feel like you didn’t get enough sleep? Sleep is so important for your mental, physical and overall health. Low quality of sleep can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, anxiety, weight gain and other chronic diseases.

Hormones being out of whack can cause sleep issues. In research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage has been shown to improve sleep on a chemical level. “Massage is a manual medicine that stimulates many systems of the body, including the nervous system which creates a chemical exchange in the brain to assist with sleep,” says Daniel Jaramillo, Licensed Massage Therapist. “Massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which is constantly telling the body it’s time to wake up. At the same time, massage increases serotonin.” This feel-good hormone is the precursor to melatonin, which is the brain’s cue to quiet down and prepare for sleep.

The more serotonin that is released in massage, the easier and quicker you can drift off into sleep. Additionally, massage increases delta brain waves, which are linked to deep sleep. Not only will you fall asleep quickly, but massage will help you stay that way. Read more here.

You have pain in your neck shoulder or back

Massage therapy involves working on the soft tissues of the body, such as connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Massage therapy can target the area of a pinched nerve, and provide effective relief from the symptoms when the cause of nerve compression is stressed or tight muscles.

Many people don't realize when they have a pinched nerve in one area it can cause pain in other areas of the body. For example, pressure on a nerve root exiting the spine may cause pain to show up in the neck or lower back. It may also cause pain to radiate from the neck into the shoulder and arm.

You’re feeling down, depressed, or exhausted.

Massage can help boost your mood by:

  1. Releasing endorphins: Massage gets the brain to produce and release endorphins, the "feel good" hormone.

  2. Stress Relief: A massage therapist can help relieve stress-related muscle tension.

  3. Increasing serotonin: Massage increases serotonin production, which improves the overall mental outlook of a person.

  4. Reducing melatonin production: Too much melatonin can cause depression symptoms. Massage however, can balance it out.

These can all be signs that you need a massage! Even if you don’t think you need one, you may still benefit from getting one.

Massage has many wonderful benefits, but here are 6 to consider:

1.Massage can promote efficient thinking. Tight neck and shoulder muscles often limit the circulation to the brain, which can block concentration.

2. Massage relaxes tense muscles, it eases stress, which can help keep you calm.

3. Massage enriches the body-mind connection through our skin. The skin, our largest organ, acts as an outer brain. It filters messages to our nervous system through hundreds of receptor sites.

4. Massage therapy has been shown to increase levels of dopamine and serotonin which help balance your mood.

5. Massage is a healthy option that has helped many people overcome insomnia. Because melatonin influences the sleep stage of an individual's circadian rhythm, a natural way of boosting serotonin is a positive sleep-inducing option.

6. We can practice Self-Empathy by treating ourselves with kindness. Massage aids in self compassion and empathy by giving you a greater appreciation for your body and all it does for you.


Come experience all of these benefits and more by visiting us! Book at danadurand.com/rockville


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