Pop some ibuprofen or some other over-the-counter pain reliever. Listen to soothing music. Try meditation. Soak in a hot tub. Try yoga or stretching. Give your diet a makeover. If you’ve got some achy muscles, need a way to beat stress, or want to improve your health, you might try one or all of these self-help strategies.
But there’s at least one thing missing from this to-do list to deal with the day-to-day. Men need to get a massage. At Signature Male, our expert massage therapists are masters of massage therapy techniques including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Ashiatsu Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Foot Reflexology.
It’s no secret that a tough workout in the gym, weekend warrior challenge, or heavy-duty yard work can take a toll on your muscles. But stress and tension can also contribute to muscle soreness and other problems. Sound familiar? You don’t need to suffer in silence. You need a massage. Massage therapy can help:
- Promote Relaxation. Listening to the sounds of ocean waves can only do so much. Massage therapy can work out those aches and pains and muscle tension, and signal your brain to produce more feel-good hormones to help you relax.
- Reduce Stress. People deal with stress in a lot of different ways, and many of them aren’t all that good. But left unchecked, too much stress can lead to muscle tension, weight gain, sleep problems, and even headaches. Massage therapy helps reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, improve energy levels, and even help treat muscle aches and pain.
- Lower Blood Pressure. How’s your blood pressure? Less than 120/80 is normal. But about 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure. And if you want to protect your health and your heart, keeping your blood pressure under control is important. Your diet, exercise habits, and age have a lot to do with blood pressure. Getting a massage is one more way you can control your blood pressure. How’s that for a legit excuse to get a massage?
- Release Muscle Tension. Tight muscles can be painful. They can also interfere with mobility and lead to other biomechanical problems. You’ve probably heard of the old-school recipe for dealing with this – RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). But if you want to speed up the recovery process, get a massage. It helps release muscle tension, improve flexibility, and relax your muscles.
- Improve Posture. Wonder why your neck, shoulders, or lower back hurts? Take a closer look at the way you sit at your desk at work, or sit behind the wheel in your car. It’s easy to develop bad habits and poor posture, and it can take a toll on your body. Massage therapy can help reduce tension in those areas, and help promote better posture.
So if you’ve been dealing with some muscle aches and pains, or know you’ve been under stress, do yourself a favor and get a massage. You’ll be glad you did.