Massage therapy is the practice of manipulating the muscles and soft tissue to improve well being and work on ailments. It is most well known for its relaxing benefits and easing muscle tension. If you are feeling particularly stressed, tense or suffering with aches and pains then you may immediately think of having a massage to help- there are lots of other benefits to having a massage that you perhaps don’t know about- so there is no need to wait until you are feeling stressed or aching before thinking about booking one!
- Relieves muscular aches and pains
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Promotes better sleep
- Removal of toxins
- Boost the immune system
- Rebalances energy chakras
- Improves circulation
- Improves joint flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improves well being
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of calm and deep relaxation- this comes from endorphins being released (the ‘happy’ chemical in your brain ) giving you feelings of well being. Regular massage could have a positive effect if you are suffering with anxiety or depression. It will also promote better sleep. Your levels of the stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol will reduce- these stress hormones at high levels can impair the immune system, cause other aliments such as headaches/digestive problems among others and have a negative impact on your well being and mental health. Studies have also shown that massage can boost white blood cells, another boost for the immune system.
The manipulation during massage can ease muscle tension and aches. If you have a soft tissue or muscular injury these can also be improved by massage however if you have an injury you must consult with your medical professional first to check that is OK to go ahead with massage. Massage increases lymphatic drainage which speeds up the removal of toxins in your body, this is also good is you suffer with water retention. Massage will improve your circulation, this can help with a number of aliments but in particular will help aching muscles to recover.
Massage in pregnancy
Massage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy should be completely avoided. From the second trimester massage it’s fine to go ahead with but you may need consent from your GP or midwife, it will need to be adapted to make sure you are comfortable and certain essential oils and pressure points would need to be avoided.
Massage under medical treatment
If you are currently under any medical care, taking certain medications, suffering certain medical conditions, have had recent surgery or are suffering from an injury then you would need to speak to your massage therapist about this before treatment they may ask you to consult with your medical professional first.
So massage can be more than just a ‘treat’ or a ‘luxury’ it has many physical and mental benefits for the body and regular treatments can have excellent effect on your overall health.