The Benefits of Massage for Men
In honor of “Father’s” this month, we’re highlighting the many benefits, necessities and pleasures massage therapy can contribute to men in particular. Far gone is the old, wide held belief among men that “spa-going” is a thing exclusively enjoyed by women. As we’ve become more physically active as a society and healthy lifestyle choices are the hip topic of conversation these days, male locker room talk has become a mélange of everything from the previous game night to the best juice bar recently discovered, to sharing referrals for their favorite spa in town that helps them get de-stressed after a long business flight and actually helps reduce pain and soreness from over enthusiastic workouts.
We know this because it’s what our brilliant, regular male clientele tell us why they keep coming back and bringing their friends. They’ve discovered what we therapists know to be true and try to educate our clients about every chance we get.
Regular therapeutic massage, while being a definite pleasurable experience, is also and most importantly, a lifesaver and extender! This goes for everyone, but as promised, we’re sticking to the benefits guys in particular reap. So I’ll name a few simple ones so that the women reading this that haven’t quite gotten to the point of convincing their man that spas are certainly not just for women and “sissies”, will have some strong facts to use in their next conversation that will hopefully result in booking a couple of treatments to enjoy together.
Livestrong.com has become one of the premier resources for health and wellness. In reference to benefits the athletic man can receive, they say, “from injury prevention to warm up, to cool down, massage therapy can benefit every party of an athlete’s training program…massage can improve overall athletic readiness, reduce pain from recovering injuries of tight areas of muscle, promote proper healing of scar tissue all while providing a soothing effect to injured (and non-injured areas).
Further supported by the SportsInjuryClinic.net, we are told that, “massage reduces muscle pain by releasing accumulated waste products. Also at the forefront of factual reasoning for men to understand the necessity of regular massage is that it has been found in numerous studies that men are more likely to store up stress and worry, while women are more likely to share them. This can result in sleep disturbances and anxiety surrounding otherwise positive moments in a man’s life, such as spending quality time with his partner or family after a long day’s work.
Sounds like stopping by a spa (we recommend Kinara, of course) for a quality massage treatment is just what’s needed to ensure a pleasant evening and a good night’s rest!
During a body treatment session at Kinara, our emphasis is always on creating an environment of soothing relaxation so release of the natural pain killer, endorphins can flow. Our skilled therapists use deliberate light to deep strokes to encourage lymph flow and increase circulation that releases congestion, stagnation and tightness and produces a more efficient flow of oxygen-rich blood supply throughout the body. “This (specialized massage techniques) is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery form surgery to control and relieve pain”, states Body Sense magazine published by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
All of these scientific points should be enough to convince and soften even the toughest guy’s perception of why he should proudly book a professional body treatment, but no matter what, no one can argue the sheer pleasure found by offering one’s tired, overworked body in complete surrender into the capable, caring hands of our dedicated therapists!
– Krista Carey-Ruegg, Lead Massage Therapist