Surprising Wellness Benefits of Having a Tattoo
Brisbane tattoo artists would agree that tattoos, piercings and other body art are often associated with the nonconformists, defiant spirits and tough characters. Would it be surprising to know that there are also health and wellness benefits attributed to getting a tattoo? Recent studies indicate that wearing ink can toughen you up in more ways than just looking tough!
Here are three of the most significant health and wellness advantages you can get from getting inked;
There is always a degree of pain and discomfort when getting a tattoo. But the tattooing isn’t all needle pain and agony, the process also releases high doses of endorphins. The body counteracts the pain by flooding your system with feel-good chemicals. The rush of adrenalin and release of endorphins explains the buoyant feeling you get during and after getting a tattoo.
Relaxes the body
A link to acupuncture indicates an ancient practice of using tattoos for medical purposes. Acupuncture uses needle punctures to promote balance and unobstructed flow of blood in the body. It is believed to relieve muscle pains, improve posture and relax the body. Strategically placing tattoos in key acupuncture points is believed to produce the same results.
A study conducted on people getting a tattoo indicate that going through the ordeal of getting inked toughens up one’s immunity against stress and common diseases. The study included both first-timers and repeat tattoo clients. Levels of the infection and stress-busting antibody Immunoglobin A or IgA were measured before and after getting inked. Levels of cortisol, an immunosuppressant that inhibits the body’s natural defences, were also measured.
The results showed that those who are getting their first tattoos experienced the most stress and dip in their antibodies. This is highly attributed to the pain and first-time experience the person went through. A person getting his or her third or tenth tattoo or those who already understand the experience, showed a surge in the antibodies. The stress levels drop and immunity increases as the person get more tats.
The study indicates that multiple application of stressors raises the body’s level of immunity. So, if a body can take in stride a stretch of needle pain, it can withstand common colds, mild infections and aches. While the first one or two sessions can weaken the immune system, subsequent tattoos make it stronger.
**Professional tattoo artists in Brisbane set certain requirements to qualify the study. This includes a healthy and fit client, clean studio, sterilised tattoo equipment, reputable ink sources, professional tattoo artists and fresh needles and gloves.
Aesthetics is the primary purpose of getting a tattoo. Some would use ink to highlight or draw attention to certain parts of their body. Others get a tattoo to hide imperfections like scars and skin marks. Many decide to use their skin and body to commemorate special events and honour special people through skin art. And then there are those who will get inked for the prospect of being a living canvass of works of art.
Going through the painful ordeal of getting a tattoo gives the spirit of survivorship, a toughness only a tattooed person would understand. Tattoos are also used as a powerful way to express one’s self. The best tattoo artists in Brisbane will require at least one one-on-one season with the client to discuss the components of the tattoo - its placement, design and deeper meaning to the person. Not a few people with tattoos would give their ink its own persona – a friend, a spirit or a constant companion. Someone or something that will always be there with them. For whatever reasons and motivation a person has in getting a tattoo, having one will certainly boost their self-confident and self-esteem.