DO YOU THINK OF A MASSAGE AS AN INDULGENCE?
Your body works hard for you every day of your life, having a professional massage once a month (considered as basic maintenance) will improve your health on many levels. Think of it as an investment in YOURSELF! Spending your money now on preventative care or you can put it into repair care later, I know which one I am choosing, I wish for the more enjoyable one NOW! Alongside that many research studies have proven that massage benefits your health, addressing your whole body mind and spirit. What more of a reason do you need when even the expects explain. So you can stop making those excuses, you deserve a rub down, we all do. Life is stressful, the kids are back to school, here we are back to the grind of early wake up calls, rushed breakfast, traffic jams, increased workload emails, massages, grocery shopping, preparing dinners the list could go on. We live in a fast pace environment expecting everything to be as instant as a touch of a button on our key board or a swipe with our phones, and this is life, unless you are living off the grid ……. I did watch Escape to the wild: Kevin McCloud on Channel4 in the summer where British families have swapped their old lives and relocated to remote islands. I could definitely see the attraction feel the tension, stress and strain leaving my body, but I guess that’s easier said than done especially in the world of my living room, holding a cup of tea with my home comforts surrounding me. Back to reality getting all the particulars into gear for the next morning with all the hustle and bustle that comes with life being so busy you realize life with its stresses is unavoidable.
Massage can certainly help you unwind, but its benefits do not end there, here are 7 hidden benefits from massage.
1 LOOK YOUNGER!!
No I haven’t made a mistake and your eyes are not deceiving you, massage will help you look younger. Massage stimulates blood flow, which is why regular gentle rubbing might keep your face looking healthy and radiant. Massage plumps your slacken skin and encourages lymphatic drainage which moves toxins out of cells so nutrients can travel in and in doing so adds vitality to a dull complexion, any one who suffers from dryness would greatly benefit also.
2 STRENGHTENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Regular massage provides us with significant benefits beyond the relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress will tend to get sick more often and more often than others. With stress hand in hand comes less sleep and poor diet, we have been there with the comfort eating or convenient foods which lead to poor nutrition and our immune system breaks down so our bodies cant fight off bacteria and infection in the same way.
With regular massage the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity ( the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) will increase which aids in the fight against bacteria and infection. naturally enhances the body’s ability to get nourishment to important areas.
3 RELIEVES HEADACHES
Massage has 2 roles when treating migraines and tension headaches.
proactive role- massage treatments are carried out regularly to reduce the levels of stress and increase relaxation reducing the chances of migraines. Massage will relax the tension carried in our muscles and trigger points.
comfort role- Massage can be carried out to ease the pressure bought on during a migraine.
A trigger point is an area of tight muscle tissue, the trigger points in the shoulder and neck relay to pain to the head.
4 PROMOTES DEEPER AND EASIER BREATHING
One of the tell tale signs of anxiety can be constricted breathing, when your body starts to take shallow breaths, it is near impossible to relax and with this the abdomen may have constricting air flow. Massage is very beneficial for sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis or any respiratory issues, as firstly it will relax you and instantly that will improve your breathing. Massage does not only help with your breathing it also helps with your posture, this can lead to an opening of the chest area as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for better lung function. When the oxygen is able to flow better increases energy levels.
5 LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure claims 60,000 lives a year and is becoming more common as Britons work longer hours and eat more fatty and salty foods. In April, the London school of Economics warned the stress of modern life could lead to an epidemic of heart disease with half of us suffering from high blood pressure by 2025, Frightening! Signals from our neck play a key role in helping our brain maintain blood pressure, heart rate and breathing, when these signals are blocked because the neck is stiff we can suffer from problems with blood pressure. Given how positivity massage can help the rest of our body and mind it comes to no surprise that it can benefit the heart by reducing blood pressure at least temporary.
6 SPORTS INJURIES
Massage can reduce any inflammation of the skeletal muscle damaged through exercise (we can’t win) as it provides relief from inflammation which is often the reason behind your post workout aches and pains. It works similar to how anti-inflammatory medication in aiding the swelling to go down.
Nutrition and exercise are often recommended as the foundations of good health but research shows that quality sleep should be part of any holistic treatment. Those who sleep less than 8 hours per night are experiencing “sleep debt” which can not be reversed by sleeping more on the weekend! Massage has been proven to reduce fatigue and improve sleep in infants, children, adults and the elderly alike. Massage is a smart, healthy and drug free option that has helped many people overcome insomnia.
Whether it’s the touch, the warm treatment couch or the fact you get to switch your phone off for an hour and escape the hustle I do know that having a massage is certainly worth every penny.
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