Benefits Of Massage
Relax, Renew, Regenerate!
Massage is a treatment therapy pathway which has grown in necessity and demand over the years. It is no longer considered to be unorthodox or even an uncommon approach to treating YOU holistically, mind body & soul!
Your body and mind consists of muscle tissue, blood vessels, tendons and nerves which can become stressed and inflamed for any number of reasons.
Inflammation happens when the pain signal in our brains is activated, this is not just physical pain, it can be emotional or mental too. Pain begins because our mind/body is running out of energy and we have ignored the warning signs.
This is where Massage therapy comprising of a hands-on method utilizing various modalities can help in a multitude of different ways; Promoting muscle relaxation, improve sleep and enhance concentration, thus permitting you to go on living your best life!
Here are some more incredible benefits of massage therapy:
- It Is Relaxing – When our body is under pressure, our nervous system commands our body to start releasing well-known stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and puts you into the fight or flight response. The release of these hormones also contributes to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, headaches and lead to a compromised immune system. With Regular massage and exercise your body and mind can be left with lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood as well as a strong and resilient immune system.
- It Reduces Stress – Regular Massage therapy definitely decreases cortisol levels and increases oxytocin levels (the trust hormone). Not only can massage therapy increase your oxytocin levels to help with depression, anxiety, hostility and physical relief, but regular massage also improves gut mortality and decreases inflammation of the intestinal tract which leads to bloating, constipation, diarrhea all of which are symptoms of IBS.
- It Can Help To Lower Blood Pressure – Researchers have concluded that regular relaxation and reflexology massage therapy has the greatest effect in reducing high blood pressure levels, both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. Therefore also reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many more health related issues.
- It Helps Improve Circulation – Regular massage will facilitate in the circulation of lymphatic fluid, assisting those who with suffer from Lymphedema (swelling caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, part of the immune and circulatory system) it will help circulate the correct flow of blood throughout the body which will alleviate tension and muscle discomfort as the blood moves through the congested areas. Additionally, the squeezing, twisting, and pulling action of the massage also removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues resulting not only in improved lymphatic circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles but again also results in lower blood pressure levels and improved overall body function.
- It Improves Posture – 1 in 6 Australians experience back, neck, and muscle pain caused by poor body alignment, which can cause back pain and headaches.
What causes poor body alignment?
Everyday activities such as using a computer, playing on a smartphone/tablet, slouching whilst sitting/standing, poor neck support whilst sleeping, being overweight, just to name a few.
Massage can assist in bringing your body and posture back in to pain-free alignment resulting in relief from headaches, back pain, restricted muscular movement, tightened connective tissue and better food digestion.
Correct posture will also increase the body’s ability to breathe therefore providing more oxygen to the brain.
The long-term benefits of massage therapy are not to be underestimated.