Scheduling a massage for most of us only happens when we are suddenly struck by pain or we are gifted a massage on a special occasion. A massage seems to be seen as a luxury afforded to those with ample time to delight in such treats. But in reality making time for a regular massage is a very important element to maintaining a healthy body.
Massage has the wonderful ability to relieve stress and improve circulation. But it also does so much more.
A remedial massage removes tension. We are suffering more from neck and shoulder tension due to the increased hours sitting at desks and looking at screens. The lower back also suffers when we sit too much. Massage helps to lengthen these muscles, balance everything and it brings us back to postural alignment.
Some of the interesting health benefits of massage aren’t related to our muscles, joints and mobility.
Did you know massage has the ability to assist those suffering from anxiety, digestive issues, headaches, insomnia, arthritis and high blood pressure? How wonderful is that!
Did you know massage decreases your stress hormones and boosts your immunity? Your immune system after a massage has a chance to work more efficiently, without impairment because your stress hormones have decreased. Plus massage increases circulation and improves lymphatic drainage, which also provides another boost to your immune system.
If you weren’t sold on the benefits above here are a couple more that might just tickle your fancy:
- Studies show massage increases patients white blood cell count, a healthy white blood cell count plays a positive role in our bodies fighting off disease.
- It can also vastly improve your skin tone. Massage relieves tension in the skin and the adjoining tissue whilst increasing circulation. With the increase of circulation to our skin and to the tissue just below the surface of the skin, it aids the nutrition cycle needed for cell regeneration. It also stimulates sebum production, helping to improve suppleness, moisturising and softening dry skin.
We all need a break every now and again, and we need some good quality relaxation, massage is one of the best things you can do for your body and your mind. A massage will leave you feeling relaxed but it will also benefit you immensely, all the many reasons listed above are enough to see why we should be taking the time and having a massage it’s important for our health.
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