Make Massage Part of Your Wellness Journey
We all know how amazing a massage feels, many of us see it as an indulgent treat, but the benefits of a regular rubdown go far beyond that pleasurable feeling.
It’s the perfect self-focus luxury, where you can take time to forget your cares and worries, and simply relax, this in itself has far more benefits for your wellbeing than you think.
From helping to relieve anxiety to promoting deep sleep, we have put together a list of massage benefits that will show you how it can aid your own personal wellness…
Melts away Stress & Anxiety
Firstly, the calming essential oils will leave you feeling at ease, but the massage itself is a true muscle, and mood, relaxer. The series of strokes helps reduce the amount of Cortisol in your body and increase your levels of serotonin and dopamine (our happy chemicals) alongside Oxytocin, and Endorphins (our happy hormones), which for the quartet responsible for happiness.
Cortisol on the other hand is known to be responsible for the fight and flight response that people with anxiety can often feel.
Some research goes as far as to say that massage is so good for your mental game, it may even help with depression.
Alleviates pesky aches and pains.
Pushed yourself too hard in the gym, or jarred your back by picking up something too heavy? Massage may decrease acute inflammation due to overuse of muscles, so it may be very helpful in decreasing stiffness, pain, and inflammation. It works by helping to increase the traffic of pluripotent stem cells – master cells that can produce any tissue your body needs to repair.
Massage also works like an all-natural ibuprofen.
If discomfort from injuries is stopping you from daily activities, hitting up the massage table might mean you’ll be sore no more. In the same way massage works for stress and anxiety, the increased level of serotonin is the body’s natural painkiller.
Helping Tension Headaches
Headaches are caused by tension, massages help as they are simply performed to relieve that tension.
Focus your session on your neck for some relief from that dreaded pounding-aching feeling. A massage can help reduce headaches by stimulating pressure receptors at the nape of the neck, which calms cluster headaches and migraines.
Next time you feel a headache coming on, try booking a last-minute massage, in time massage decreases the frequency and severity of tension headaches.
Help to restore deep sleep
About 40-50 million adults suffer from sleep deprivation, which messes with the body’s natural chemistry, making it more vulnerable to lowered immunity.
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, massage can help with that. A lack of serotonin has been linked to sleepless nights, and since massage helps spike levels of the snooze-worthy chemical, it can help you doze off.
Massages promote stimulation of the body’s nervous system to rest and relax (opposite of fight or flight), it gives the person a better chance of experiencing deep sleep to restore tissue through the night while allowing the body to cope in the morning.
Massage keeps sickness at bay.
Getting kneaded out could boost your body’s immune system. One of the benefits of massage is that it leads to an increase in the circulation of white blood cells, including NK cells which serve as your body’s primary defence against illnesses. So, regular massage appointments can help fight against anything from the common cold, to more serious infections.
Need any more convincing? Go get your next massage booked in now and reap the benefits!