Massage doesn’t just feel good it is good for you!
Usually booked to help with muscle pain, scientific research has shown there are numerous benefits of massage.
Benefits of massage include.
Stress reduction. When the body is under stress it creates unhealthy levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol can cause many problems including weight gain, digestive problems, headaches and poor sleep as well as being a contributing factor to serious illnesses like heart disease but research has shown that massage can reduce cortisol in the body by up to 50% after one treatment! Regular massage treatments are a great way of helping to manage the effect of stress on the body.
Lower blood pressure. Long-term studies have shown that following a consistent massage program can reduce both systlolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to the increased likelihood of heart attack and stroke.
Improved circulation. The use of hands on pressure moves the blood through the body and causes new blood to flow into the tissues. Massage techniques also removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues and improves the lymph system, which brings waste products away from muscles and internal organs.
Strengthened immune system. The improved circulation from massage helps the body deliver nourishment to the areas that need it most this combined with the reduction in stress, which makes the body more vulnerable to illness helps keep the immune system strong.
Reduced muscle pain. Massage causes the body to relax and loosen tense muscles which are causing pain. It does this by promoting circulation to the area which brings oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue, which helps to reduce stiffness and swelling in the muscles and joints. Pain killing endorphins are released which boost the serotonin and dopamine levels in the body which reduces the pain associated with the muscles.
Improved wellbeing. All of these benefits of massage combine to improve a sense of wellbeing. Lower blood pressure strengthened the immune system and improved circulation reduce the likelihood of many illnesses, including heart and stroke. The increase in serotonin and dopamine creates feelings of relaxation and calms the nerves. Regular massage treatments have been shown to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve sleep.
With all these benefits, massage needs to be viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury to live a healthy life.
So, when’s your next massage appointment?
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