It’s back-to-school season, and if you’re headed back to college for another semester, it’s also massage season. Whether you’re an incoming freshman, starting your senior year or are right in the middle of grad school, there’s no doubt that higher education can be downright stressful. Between all-night cramming sessions, part-time jobs and your annoying, loud roommate, it can be hard to relax. Here’s why you should put self-care first and reap the benefits of massages for students:
- Enjoy an uninterrupted hour of relaxation: Between classes, work, social activities, text message alerts and all those likes on Instagram, a student’s life is full of distractions. When’s the last time you turned off your phone and chilled out for an hour? A massage is a great way to enjoy some time to yourself, without worrying about study group schedules and your best friend’s latest romantic crisis.
- Sleep better: Massages help you relax, which makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning. It reduces your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while increasing serotonin and melatonin, which are crucial for good sleep. (You might even fall asleep on the table, and that’s okay!)
- Improve your focus: If you have ADHD or frequent tension headaches, it’s difficult to focus on school and studying. Studies have shown that regular massage therapy can help with both of these conditions. Plus, it feels great—it’s the best doctor-recommended self-care you can find.
- Reduce anxiety and stress: College can be a difficult time for a lot of students, whether they’re overwhelmed by the coursework, a brand-new social atmosphere or the rest of the big changes that come with being out on their own. Massages have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and stress. Not only do they lower your cortisol levels, but they increase your dopamine—the hormone that gives you a feel-good rush, like when you level up in a video game.
- Boost your immune system: Massage therapy increases your “killer T cells” and lymphocytes, which are an important part of the immune system. By stimulating the immune system, you’ll be better able to fight off viruses, bacteria and other illnesses. When you’re crammed in tiny classrooms and dorm rooms with a bunch of other students—particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—it’s a good idea to get all the protection you can. Even one session is effective in boosting your immune system.
- Keep your metabolism going: The “freshman 15” is a common phenomenon—between stress, living on your own for the first time and unlimited meal plans, it’s easy to put on weight. Luckily, massage helps boost your metabolism and soothe any stiffness, which means you’ll recover faster from workouts.
In short, getting a back-to-school massage as a student can be an important part of your self-care and health routine. Why not take an hour for yourself and enjoy all the benefits above?
When you’re ready to prioritize your health, book a massage at Better Living Massage Center. We look forward to welcoming you soon!