You probably think of a massage as an occasional indulgence that leaves you refreshed and revived. But the power of touch goes beyond just making you feel good. Massage is real medicine, and just a few minutes of pressing can trigger a cascade of health benefits.
“Moderate stimulation of the skin’s pressure receptors slows your heart rate and blood pressure, and it alters levels of body chemicals that change your physiology and improve well-being,” says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. If you don’t have the funds to book time with a pro or can’t convince your partner to play masseuse, self-massage works just as well in many cases, says Field. Take us up on these 10 reasons to treat yourself tonight.