Over Forty? Top 5 Reasons for a Massage

massage after 40Many say that your forties and beyond are the best years of your life.  Typically, you’re more settled and are reaching the “prime” of you work and personal life. You also being to get more sore, or have to work a bit harder to control your weight, or have to pay attention to annoying physical and psychological issues that just weren’t around when you were a spry 20. Never fear, though, massage is here, and it’s more popular than ever. More than 60% of women and 40% of men have had a massage in the last two years, and the numbers are rising quickly. More people over forty access massage therapy than access chiropractic or physical therapy services.

Check out these five common-sense reasons to schedule a massage now if you’re over forty:

You need touch therapy. Our sense of touch remains very important as we grow. We learn about our surroundings and learn to associate touch with sense memory–things like the warmth of a blanket, a cool breeze, comforting hugs, and loving caresses. With almost every touch you learn more about life. After forty, opportunities for touch tend to decrease. Therapeutic touch soothe and helps us feel calmer and safer. A trained therapist knows that the excellent quality of touch resulting from a complete knowledge of human physiology, kinesiology and anatomy, can make a real and positive difference in the way you feel.

Endorphins. Endorphins are natural chemicals in the brain that have pain-relieving properties similar to morphine. They’re stimulated by touch and there are proven links between endorphins and feelings of euphoria, appetite modulation and the release of helpful hormones. Massage releases endorphins into your bloodstream and they can lift your spirits and help decrease pain.

Massage helps what ails you. As we age, our bodies change and we begin to accumulate annoying, and sometimes serious, conditions. Whether it’s fibromyalgia, lower back pain, soreness from osteoarthritis or migraines, massage may help. Over the long-term, the benefits of massage accumulate; massage can increase a person’s range of motion, strengthen the immune system and provide an improved sense of well-being.

The main reason consumers get a massage is stress relief. Seventy percent of consumers who got a massage in 2012 were seeking stress relief and relaxation, with 49% relief from pain, soreness or injury rehabilitation.

Massage is great for stress relief. After forty, stressors in your life sometimes intensify and always change. Maybe you’re worried about taking care of a larger family, you have more stress at work, or your relationships are becoming more challenging. Or maybe you’ve got less opportunity to release stress. That’s where massage helps. A sixty minute massage will have significant effects on your level of relaxation. It’s a rare occasion to DISCONNECT and feel safe and comforted. You can fall asleep (many do), or just use the time to clear your mind and think about NOTHING for a change. The research is crystal clear on this one, massage helps you relax.

Keep muscles invigorated. Some of us stay active as we pass forty on the way to a great “second half” of life. We run. We go to the gym. We walk and hike. We take every opportunity to keep moving. Massage helps greatly with flexibility, range of motion, It also invigorates muscles and soothes the muscle stress that can occur from continued use (or overuse). It keeps joints more limber, too. Sports massage is very common among athletes over forty with many active men and women scheduling bi-weekly appointments when they’re training or they’ve just completed a long run or a rigorous week of working out.

Many people receive their first professional massage after forty. Usually they wander into a massage practice because of a recommendation from a friend, or they’re just tired of begin sore and stressed and they jump on YELP to find a massage provider. Almost universally, people really like the many therapeutic benefits of massage. It’s well beyond pampering. It’s a real and positive change to your body, mind and spirit. Try it, you’ll like it.