I can imagine, like most, you probably enjoy massage treatments because they feel great. But there are so many more great benefits of massage therapies than just that post massage feeling. The health benefits – mental and physical are vast. Here I outline ten key benefits of massage therapy and how they can improve your body and mind. So, let’s get started:
1) Reduce your stress levels
First off, the importance of relaxation and well-being can’t be underestimated. A greater feeling of calm is one of the most noted effects of massage. You will feel relaxed which can be hard to find in our busy and stressful day-to-day lives. Massage relieves both emotional and physical stress, which is why it is often recommended as part of stress and anxiety treatment programs. The soothing and relaxing benefits of massage encourage the release of endorphins – wonderful natural chemicals which gives us that feel-good factor. Massage also helps to reduce those nastie stress inducing hormones including; norepinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol.
2) Improves mental alertness
When given the opportunity to relax and destress through massage therapy, your levels of mental alertness increase. This helps you to focus and deal better with those difficult and stressful times.
3) Correcting problems in your body
A massage therapists such as myself are trained to assess your body, observe changes and design individual treatment plans for each of my clients. More than just a feel-good massage, we can use specific techniques to address an individuals injury, postural or joint issues. Additionally improving circulation, reducing pain and bringing a sense of general well-being. Massage is so good for you!
3) Boost your immune system
Due to the decrease in stress hormones, your immune system has a chance to work more efficiently. In addition, massage increases circulation and improves lymphatic drainage, which again provide a boost to the immune systems effectiveness.
5) Reduce pain and muscle tension
We’re now at the half way point in my list of key massage benefits. Let’s continue. Good massage techniques are a wonderful way of releasing trigger points, stretching and elongating muscles and breaking down adhesions. Massage therapists can focus on areas that are stiff, injured or sore. Improving blood flow to the tissues and releasing the tension, massage not only helps reduce pain, but can also help eliminate toxins and oxygenate the cells.
6) Increased joint mobility
By releasing muscle tension around joints, the range of movement in the joint can be increased. When a joint is no longer hampered by stiffness, muscle function can return to support and improve joint movement. Arthritis sufferers are a great example of those who highly benefit from regular message treatments. I get to know each of my clients personally which enables me to develop an plan which is designed around their specific needs.
7) Improve your posture
Massage helps relieve tensions, particularly in the neck and shoulder, common in those who in front of a computer all day. Lower backs are also prone to tightening from prolonged sitting. Remedial massage can help remedy these problems by lengthening the muscles and balancing out the body for improved postural alignment.
8) Improve your skin
Massage can help give you healthy and toned skin – it will reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing circulation. Increased circulation in and under the skin can aid the nutrition cycle and encourage cell regeneration. Happily, massage also stimulates sebum production, helping to improve suppleness, moisturising and softening dry skin.
9) Eliminating ‘vicious cycle’ complaints
Sometimes things keep going wrong despite our best efforts. For example, someone might get tension headaches due to continually clenching their jaw. The jaw clenching may be a stress response to pain in the neck and shoulders or somewhere else in the body. By addressing the source of the pain, the jaw will stop reactively clenching, allowing the tension headaches to be reduced or eliminated.
10) Fights general health disorders
Massage therapies can help a wide variety of health disorders. For example; insomnia, headaches, depression, anxiety, back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic pain or constipation. Studies have shown that remedial massage and massage treatment in general provides positive benefits for many common health disorders. Massage is a far better plan at fighting general health issues compared to taking pain killers and other medicines which can themselves cause health problems long-term.
Book Your Message Treatment with Yvonne Clifford to discover the benefits for yourself
My treatment portfolio includes; Deep Tissue Massage, Lava Shells Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Organic Facials, Natural Lift Facial Massage, Indian Head Massage, Swedish Massage, Deluxe Aromatherapy Massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Seated Acupressure Massage, Traditional Thai Foot Massage, Myofacial Release Massage, Detox & Cellutlite Reduction Massage.