It certainly sounds great to spend an entire day at a spa being pampered and having people tend to your every need, but massages are no longer viewed simply as a way to treat yourself. There are many presumed health benefits to massage as well.
Gone are the days when the only place you could get a massage was a luxury resort or an over-priced health club. Depending upon your area, you should be able to find a reasonably priced certified massage therapist within driving distance. Some companies even have massage therapists come into their corporate offices as a treat for their employees.
There are many studies that look into the positive benefits of massage and most have demonstrated that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Never underestimate the importance of reducing stress, as stress is linked to numerous illnesses and increased likelihood of contracting disease. It is also directly linked to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, along with over-eating which is its own high risk situation.
Beyond a reduction in stress, massage is also believed to assist with anxiety, headaches, sports injuries and digestive disorders.
There are also numerous reported mental health benefits, though difficult to prove scientifically, such as an increase in comfort, interpersonal connection and caring.
While there are very few risks involved with getting a massage, make sure that you are visiting a licensed practitioner. If you have suffered a major injury through sports or an accident, consult a doctor first prior to visiting a massage therapist.
While massage is certainly not a cure-all, it is an incredibly helpful compliment to modern medical practice and a very beneficial alternative medical solution.
Besides, how could taking an hour out of your day to set your worries aside in today's hustle and bustle possibly be a bad thing? We could all use a break these days.