Stress, sleep difficulties and anxiety are the biggest issues for college students, according to the American College Health Association. Going to school full-time, or even part-time, working at least a part time job, and staying up late studying can take a heavy toll on health.
We've been doing our homework, and the latest scientific research shows that massage therapy has a long list of proven benefits for students of all ages. Get ready to take some notes!
Top 5 Benefits of Massage for Students
According to the 2014 National College Health Assessment, students are really stressed out these days! Research has proven massage therapy is effective stress relief. Massage therapy has been proven to boost levels of the "feel-good" hormone dopamine, while at the same time lowering levels of the "stress-hormone" cortisol.
Massage therapy has been proven to reduce fatigue and improve sleep. Massage therapy can help you get the sleep you need to stay focused and healthy. Not only has research shown that massage therapy reduces levels of the "stress-hormone" cortisol, massage also increases levels of serotonin, a precursor of melatonin, a neurotransmitter critical for good sleep.
Students with ADHD can improve mood and classroom attention and focus with regular massage therapy. Headaches, especially tension headaches, frequently get in the way of study and sleep, with up to 30-50% of young people suffering from regular headaches. Get the relief you need to stay focused--massage is proven effective relief for tension headaches.
In addition to lowering cortisol levels, and increasing our "feel-good" neurotransmitters, massage therapy also improves immune function by increasing our body’s natural "killer T cells” and lymphocytes, which fight off viruses and protect us from infection and disease. Stressed students crammed in close quarters all day is a breeding ground for germs. Give yourself a boost--research shows that even a single session of Swedish Massage produces measurable biologic effects!
"Freshman fifteen", anyone? All of that study and stress can lead to increased levels of cortisol, which can slow metabolism, trigger inflammation, and encourage accumulation of belly fat. In addition to revving your metabolism, massage can also help out with any stiffness or sore muscles after that great workout!
Massage therapy has been shown to have major benefits for exercise, including enhanced performance and cardiovascular health. It is also effective for pain management, faster recovery, and prevention of injuries, so that you can keep going. Massage therapy can be a key part of maintaining peak fitness!
Massage therapy is a safe, effective means of reducing stress and supporting overall health. Establishing healthy strategies for coping with stress early on can lead to greater health and well-being into later adulthood. We would like to reward your hard work and encourage healthy habits for managing stress!
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