Benefits of Massage Therapy
To massage is a human instinct. If we bump into something we automatically rub the painful area, if we have been on our feet all day we will breathe a sigh of relief when we rub our feet… or better still, when someone else offers to rub them! Massage has been around for thousands of years, the oldest written record being some 4000 years old, detailing the application of massage techniques for therapeutic purposes.
So what benefits are we actually getting when we book in for that Indian Head massage or full body Swedish Massage? Surely it’s just a temporary pick-me-up…? Read on!
The pros to receiving regular massage treatments are almost countless and cover such a wide variety of concerns.
- Studies have proven that massage reduces depression and anxiety. It reduces the symptoms of stress, induces relaxation and helps the body to release oxytocin (known as the “trust” or “love” hormone).
- A study performed on 53 healthy adults, all receiving traditional Swedish Massage, saw significantly increased levels in the body’s production of cells that boost immune-system response. A single massage can boost your immune system… imagine what regular treatments could do!
- Increases joint flexibility and help to stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles.
- Relieves headaches and migraines and lowers blood pressure.
- Gets your circulation pumping thereby filling tissues and vital organs with fresh oxygen and nutrients.
- Improves the quality of your skin – your body’s largest organ. Massage can also promote tissue regeneration, therefore reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Helps your muscles recover from a hard workout, meaning you will get more out of your training. Massage is proven to stimulate mitochondria (known as cellular power plants which are responsible for converting glucose into energy) and reduce production of cytokines (which play a role in inflammation). In short, massage can help the muscles adapt to the demands of increased exercise and help your muscles recover more quickly.
- Trouble sleeping? Regular massage treatments can help. One of the most common reasons for sleeping problems comes from stress-related issues. Massage is proven to reduce the symptoms of stress and can help the body to relax and the mind to switch off.
- Massage Therapy has been proven to reduce the need for pain medication in sufferers of back pain by up to 36%.
Massage is a great addition to those taking a more pro-active approach to their health and does not need to be seen as just a luxury treat.