By Ashley Irwin

The holidays can be a stressful time for just about anyone. With all of the planning and family get-togethers, it can be easy to forget to take the time to relax and unwind. A great way to shake off stress is to get a massage. But massage does a lot more than just relieve stress. Here are 5 benefits of massage, brought to you by Elements Massage in Franklin.

1. Stress Relief
We all know that the holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Stress can leave you tired, agitated, and unhappy. A massage is a wonderful way to relieve the stress that you have been carrying around. Not only will a massage relax your entire body, including your tight and sore muscles, it will also leave you feeling peaceful and with a great sense of well-being. You are more likely to face the rest of the day with strength and a positive attitude after a massage.

2. Give the Gift of Massage
One of the best feelings of the holidays is when you give someone else a gift. When we share gifts with friends and family, we are reminded why we are celebrating in the first place. The gift of a massage is one that will benefit you and the receiver. You will feel good about giving a thoughtful gift and your friend or family member will feel great about receiving the gift of massage.

3. Helps Digestion
The holidays are a time when most of us indulge in rich holiday food. However, eating this way can leave you feeling uncomfortable and irregular. Abdominal bloating and discomfort are two of the most common symptoms we feel around the holidays, and abdominal massage can help eliminate gas build-up and leave you feeling like yourself again. Massage can also help treat the slowing down of your digestive system, called peristalsis, by stimulating the intestines and helping digestion move a little faster.

4. Helps You Bond With Your Significant Other
Getting a couples massage is a great way to bond with your partner before your busy holiday and New Year schedules begin. During a couples massage, you and your partner both get to benefit from the relaxing effects of massage.You and your partner will also be setting out time for yourself as a couple, which can bring you closer together. Massage is also a great way to improve your well-being, and doing so with your partner can strengthen your relationship.

5. Treat Yourself
A massage is a great way to spoil yourself and to set aside some time for you to unwind. During the holidays, most of us forget to take the time out to remember that we are important as well. Putting your health and happiness at the forefront for a short period of time is never a bad thing, and a massage is a great way to remind yourself to take care of you as well as the ones you love.

Visit Elements Massage at 539 Cool Springs Blvd, Suite 140 in Franklin.or go to www.elementsmassage.com/franklin.