Many people think of a massage as being a way to relax. Whilst relaxation definitely is one of the benefits of massage, there are many more positives that go beyond the feelings of relaxation and wellness that first come to mind.
What are the benefits of massage?
The benefits of message can be both physical and emotional. Having regular massage can…
Boost Immune System
A 2010 study has shown that just one 45 minute massage boosted patient’s white blood cell count. This is an important part of the body’s defense from disease.
Massage can also be an effective way to relieve pain, for example, after vigorous exercise. Also, research shows that massage can help to ease more chronic pain, such as in conditions like arthritis. In addition, a study found that ten sessions of massage therapy lead to more rapid improvement in lower back pain that usual medical treatment did.
Many people suffer from poor posture, often as a result of prolonged periods of sitting down. Desk jobs are a common culprit! This poor posture can put a strain on muscles, causing pain and discomfort. As mentioned, massage can help to relieve muscle pain. The loosening of the muscles through massage allows the body to realign itself, correcting posture as well as relaxing those tired muscles.
Lower Blood Pressure
A number of studies have shown that one of the benefits of massage is a reduction in blood pressure. This in turn can contribute to reducing the chances of becoming ill through conditions related to high blood pressure.
Sleep is one of the most researched benefits of massage! There are a large number of studies showing that massage can improve sleep in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. People with a different health conditions which are known to negatively impact sleep also report a positive effect of massage. Some people even fall asleep while they are having their treatment, which further shows the strength of the link between massage and sleep!
Soothe Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Massage can help to improve your feelings of well-being. This means it can also provide some relief from negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Therefore, massage is great for your body and your mind!
Research has shown that massage can reduce levels of cortisol, often called ‘the stress hormone’. These studies also show that alongside this reduction cortisol, massage also releases ‘feel good’ hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Anxiety & Depression
Although massage alone is not a cure for anxiety or depression, it has been shown to help alongside other treatments. During the time you are being massaged, you will feel calm and relaxed. In addition some of the benefits of massage such as reduced stress, improved sleep and eased pain can contribute to a reduction in anxiety and depression.
Where can I get a massage?
The Face and Body Clinic offer a range of different massage treatments. Your treatment will be in a tranquil setting, with an experienced, highly rated beauty therapist. This means you can find a treatment that suits you, and allows you to experience all the benefits of massage!