5 Reasons to Get a Massage
As if you needed a reason, right? Massage therapy offers a world of benefits beyond the obvious (relaxation). Even scheduling one or two sessions a month can enhance your overall health. Here are a few benefits to consider!
1. It relieves headaches.
Certain types of pain respond well to massage therapy, including cluster headaches and migraines. By targeting the nape of the neck, the massage works to relieve that built-up pressure in your head.
2. It fights off insomnia.
A massage triggers the release of serotonin, a chemical that can help you achieve a good night’s rest.
3. It improves posture.
Massage therapy helps to loosen your muscles, allowing your body to fall into its natural and pain-free alignment.
4. It reduces soreness.
Sore after your workout? Try a massage to stimulate the blood flow and help your muscles recover.
5. It melts away stress.
Massage therapy is a powerful tool for lowering stress levels. Since stress can affect every part of your body (not just your mind), a relaxing massage session may be just the ticket to a blissful disposition!
Your Fabulous Forties
Your 40s are an important decade. You’re transitioning into those middle-age years, after all! This decade is also the time to start routinely assessing your health. To do this, stay up-to-date on all your medical exams and screenings, like:
The pelvic exam.
Yes, these are still necessary – especially if you’re sexually active. The annual exam, which takes just a few minutes, assesses your gynecological health and often includes a Pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer.
This annual screening helps to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Additionally, all women should perform an at-home, monthly breast self-exam to check for any abnormalities.
The fasting blood sugar test.
As you age, your risk of diabetes increases. Doctors recommend a fasting blood sugar test once every three years starting at age 45 (or more frequently, depending on your risk).
The eye exam.
It’s not uncommon for 40-year-old women to develop vision-related problems like presbyopia – the inability to focus up close. Even if you’ve never worn contacts or glasses, you should start scheduling an eye exam every two years.
… And everything else!
Talk to your doctor about other important screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI.