Luxury or Necessity? Understanding The Health Benefits of Massage

Getting a massage is a luxury for many people, and oftentimes, it’s only an occasional treat, given as a birthday gift, a Mother’s Day indulgence, or as part of a full spa treatment on a weekend getaway. We don’t think about massage in a clinical setting, or recognize it as a type of therapy, since it’s usually used as a splurge. However, massage is actually very beneficial to your health, especially if you are under times of stress, such as a busy season at work, or a stretch of unemployment and resulting job search.


First, massage can help treat recurring muscle pain from stress and strain brought on by your job, your children, or even an old injury. Having regular massage can loosen up these tight muscles and help keep you flexible and free of pain. If you are having problems with a specific area, a professional massage therapist will know how your various muscle groups connect and work together, so he or she can pinpoint exactly where your pain is originating from and help relieve it.

Additionally, massage therapy can offer stress relief, which is beneficial to your health on many levels. High stress leads to health concerns such as high blood pressure and heart rate, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and a plethora of other issues. Massage offers relief from your physical AND mental stress since it puts you in a deep state of relaxation. A professional therapist will know how to help you relax and release some of the built-up tension and stress.

Finally, massage can encourage healthy body processes. In other words, things that your body should do naturally, can be helped along and made better by regular massage. For example, expectant mothers can opt for prenatal massage throughout their pregnancy to help their bodies adjust and cope with growing another life. When they get close to delivery, a massage therapist can help loosen muscles and keep the mother flexible and comfortable to ensure the easiest birth possible for mom and baby. In this same way, your respiratory function, digestive system, nervous system, etc. can all benefit from massage (depending on your own unique circumstances) if you have a therapist aware of your current health condition and qualified to handle it.

The best part about massage being used for heath, is that some health coverage plans are recognizing its merit and are willing to cover it when used for medical purposes. In other words, if you are receiving routine massages to help with a pulled muscle group after an injury, you could be eligible for compensation by your insurance company for the cost of the massage therapy. As long as the massage is deemed medically necessary and beneficial, it’s worth asking your insurance company if they offer partial, or complete, coverage of such care. Don’t have benefits through your current job, or struggling with healthcare coverage due to currently being unemployed? No need to worry. If you feel that massage could benefit you for the reasons mentioned above, it’s worth contacting some local therapists and find out if they have any current specials, Groupon (or other online) offers, or even a payment plan. Oftentimes you can find a therapist or provider that will work with you so you can get the help you need.

For help finding a job that better meets your needs, or to find employment after a time of being out of work, PHR Staffing Solutions is ready to help. We specialize in matching you with positions that line up with your qualifications, skills, and desires in a job, and since we work with businesses in and around the greater Polk County area of Florida, you know you will have plenty of options to choose from.

So, relax! Let us do the hard work of finding you a job so you can focus on more important things, like improving your health and being the best you can be.