Even ancient cultures, some dating back more than 5,000 years, knew about the healing art of massage and, thankfully, massage is as popular as it was centuries ago.

“Just think: You can have a fun-filled day at any of the many attractions in East Tennessee,”  said a spokesperson for Alpine Mountain Chalets in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.  “ Then you relax sipping a great Southern cocktail like, say, The Hurricane, and get ready for an amazing massage.”

Your muscles feel loose after a massage,  and you feel relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. As it turns out, massages do much more than feel awesome, they have some amazing and surprising benefits for your health as well.

Enjoy a massage and it will:

1. Boost Your Immunity

A very pleasant benefit of getting massages is that they can actually prevent you from getting sick. It is believed that massages stimulates white blood cells. These cells are your immune system’s primary defense against infections like the common cold.

We’re in East Tennessee, which is a hot tourist spot all year round; in fact, Dollywood at Christmas has some pretty breathtaking parades and other activities.  So if that’s your choice, stay with us and book a massage, because that’s when flu infections are at their highest–not to mention you’ll just feel great.

2. Improve Digestive Disorders

If you have certain digestive disorders, you may want to consider getting messages to aid in your body’s natural digestion processes. Massages have been clinically proven to greatly aid  the lower abdomen and can stimulate your digestion better than taking medication alone. If you suffer from digestive disorders, consider having regular abdominal massages.

3. Improve Mental Health

If you are living with stress, anxiety, and depression, getting regular massages can help you relax and destress, improving your mental health. It is believed that the calming response and meditative qualities of getting massages are what lead to better mental health.

A clinical trial found that when massages were combined with short yoga sessions for pregnant women over the course of 12 weeks, patients reported less pain and depression. Their babies also weighed more than those in the control group.

4. Ease Headaches

Migraines and headaches can be debilitating. Did you know that having regular massages can actually help prevent headache and migraine sufferers from developing a headache?

Massages reduce stress held in muscles that can lead to headaches, nerve pain, and fibromyalgia. By releasing that tension, you can effectively prevent and treat headaches and migraines related to stress and tension.

5. Alleviate Insomnia

If you have trouble sleeping at night, getting regular massages may actually help treat and cure your insomnia. Massages are believed to spike your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that is associated with sleep. By increasing your serotonin levels, you are much more likely to get a good night’s sleep.

Another benefit may lie in the atmosphere of the activity. Massages can be performed in partial darkness to help you relax. Darkness is what triggers our brains to produce Melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone. Increasing both serotonin and melatonin levels at the same time can lead to amazing results for insomnia sufferers

Massages Improve Your Overall Health

Massages, like those given at Alpine Mountain Chalets in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, are a great way to relax and recover from chronic illness. If you have questions about how massages can impact your health, speak to your doctor or a licensed massage therapist. You may be surprised by what you discover.

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