Many people think massages are a luxury that people turn to only to spoil themselves, but according to Greg May, licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer, there is much more to massage therapy than that. Since massage therapy is often looked at as something “sensual” many people avoid it when they could be receiving multiple medical benefits from the procedure. Too often, massage therapy is not seen as what it truly is: a medical procedure.
In fact, like other medical procedures, it is subject to research conducted by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the money being spent has nearly doubled since 2002, and is now approaching three million dollars a year, showing that massages are the real deal that offer a host of health benefits. Most people recognize the potential of a massage to help neck, back, and shoulder pain, but it can also bring relief to conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, sciatic nerve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, depression, and anxiety. A 45 minute massage can even reduce cortisol levels and cytokine proteins which can cause inflammation and allergic reactions. It can also increase while blood cell counts to fight infection.
As the stigma continues to lift, more people are giving massage therapy a try. In 2007, 8.3% of adults reported using massage, a figure that was up five percent from 2002. Clearly, there is still a lot of apprehension about massage therapy, but one way to help combat those fears is to head to the Windsor spa for couples massages. Couples massages are no more “romantic” than any other type of massage. It simply means you and the person you choose to share your Windsor Spa Athena massage experience with with get massages side by side on different tables with different massage therapists. They can be a significant other or a close friend, and for many people having someone they know and trust in the room helps them relax more and feel more comfortable with the whole experience. Couples massages can also help reassure a partner that getting massage truly is something that is done for health reasons.
Many people find that once they get the kinks out of their own misconceptions, they want to try a massage on their own. There really is nothing to be afraid of. If you think a good massage might help you, it probably can. Schedule an appointment for a Windsor spa massage and see just how much better you feel.