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While regular massage therapy sessions are good for relaxation and reducing stress, a massage offers more life-altering benefits than most people realise. In this article, we will look at four of these fantastic perks. 

If you would like to experience the relaxation and relief a massage can offer you, please contact the Happipuncture team at to book an appointment with one of our skilled massage therapists today.

Reduce Stress and Manage Anxiety

Four Benefits of Regular Massage Therapy

Lowering stress is one of the most commonly known benefits of a massage, and for good reason. Soothing massages not only feel relaxing – they also help reduce your heart rate and increase your body’s temperature, which aids in keeping you calm. 

Additionally, massages also help your body release endorphins, which are the brain’s natural painkillers. These compounds specialise in relieving stress and physical pain. Not only do they alleviate pain in the moment, but they can also help your body deal with it in the future. 

By lowering the stress and pain you experience, massages can also help you deal with other issues hindering you mentally, such as anxiety, depression, and even trouble sleeping. 

Many diseases and health issues are made worse by stress. For this reason, managing your stress can help you deal with and even reduce your chances of further health problems.

Reduce Muscle Strain and Fatigue

Massage therapy is not only good for your mental health, but for your physical health as well. The relaxing and comforting movements that a massage therapist uses can help your muscles relax, reducing strain and built-up fatigue. 

Most people accumulate tension in their muscles throughout their daily routines, whether from exercising or working at their jobs. All of this tension can lead to muscle fatigue, which can lead to much larger problems if left untreated, such as joint issues and muscle weakness. 

Letting your muscles relax and release this build-up of stress through massage sessions can help you stay strong and healthy in your everyday life. Reducing the tension and fatigue in your muscles can also improve your posture, helping you stay healthy and balanced as you perform your daily activities.

Improve Circulation and Blood Flow

The tension accumulated in your muscles can even restrict your blood vessels, leading to overall issues with blood circulation. That is why regular massage can help improve a condition that affects up to one in five New Zealanders – high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to further health problems, such as:

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • And much more

Regular massage therapy sessions can improve the elasticity of your muscles and blood vessels, which reduces the tension caused by high blood pressure. Massages can even help lower your blood pressure altogether!

The increased blood flow also helps remove waste in your body and aids in digestion. The movements of a massage can also stimulate your muscles and immune system to release more white blood cells, boosting your immunity. These white blood cells will help you deal with pathogens and bacteria that find their way into your body and help keep your body functioning healthily. 

Managing Pain

Many of us deal with chronic pain on a daily basis, and regular massages can help alleviate the distress this causes.

Relaxing your muscles and increasing your body’s temperature helps your mental and physical health. The endorphins released by a massage reduce the effects of pain on your body, which can help you relax and deal with your everyday stressors. Over time, keeping your body and mind relaxed can improve your mental state long-term. 

Regular massages can help reduce pain after it has occurred, as the pain occurs, and even reduce pain in the future. This is because when your body is hurt, it sends pain signals to your brain through your spinal cord. The effects from the massage movements on your body’s pain area interrupt these pain signals, so your brain focuses on the impact of the massage rather than the initial feeling of pain.

Even if you do not suffer from chronic pain, everyday activities and exercise can lead to microscopic damage to your muscles, such as muscle tears. Managing your muscles and this damage with regular massages can help prevent chronic pain in the future, leading to a happier and healthier life.

Overall, regular massage sessions have numerous benefits that almost seem too good to be true. From managing your mental stress to helping you deal with possible injuries in the future, massage therapy can give you the strength and mental fortitude to deal with stress-inducing factors in your regular daily routine. 

Whether you play intense sports or work in an office from nine to five, you could greatly benefit from the perks that massages have to offer. For more information or to book your own session and start your journey to better health today, contact us at 09-2182992 or check out the massage services we have available here.


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