Benefits of Massage?

Why Massage Therapy is good for your Health

Massage can have a calming effect in times of stress, helping you to order your thoughts more easily and giving you a general sense of well-being.  On a Massage Course, you will be learning how to offer relaxation massage alongside other massage techniques.  It is helpful to know what the benefits of massage are so you can let your clients know.

The benefits of massage

Improved sleep –It can be of enormous benefit if you have trouble sleeping, either having difficulty getting to sleep or waking frequently or for long periods of the night.  The causes of bad sleep could be chronic muscle tension and stress that gets stored in your body over a period of time.  The muscles can be eased to increase blood circulation and your sleep may be significantly improved.  The benefit can last not only for the day of the treatment but for days afterward.  If you do find it effective at improving your sleep then it can be advisable to have regular treatments to promote better sleep habits.  It is in sleep that the body heals itself and the mind can be sorted more easily.

Detoxifying – Massage can help release toxins from your body.  These toxins can build up in the body leading to aches and stiffness.  Releasing these toxins promotes much better overall health.

Increase flexibility – It can also have huge benefits in flexibility.  After a period of gym work or great athletic exercise, it is common to rest but massage therapy can help with passive stretching and help overworked muscles to heal faster.  You would probably see a Sports Massage therapist for this work.

Reduce stress – If you are really stressed, massage can frequently be of great benefit.  When you feel calm inside, the world outside can appear calmer.  Massage stimulates relaxation responses leading to a state of calmness and the ability to rest.  We are frequently stressed and overwhelmed by too much noise, social media interaction, negative news watching, and general over-stimulation of our nervous systems.  This is why massage performed in a quiet, safe, calming room is so beneficial leading to a feeling of relaxation and peace of mind.

Increase range of motion – With a course of massage therapy, the more your muscles are freed from knots and tension.  This in turn makes movement easier and you will find your range of motion and ability to accomplish everyday tasks without pain or difficulty.  This helps with your posture and your general well-being.  It also helps if you participate in yoga or Pilates which in a circular way helps with your flexibility.

Improve general health and well-being – Regular massage can lower your blood pressure and your cortisol levels, the latter being related to stress and anxiety.

Pain Management – The increased blood flow induced by massage to the sore muscles and stiff joints triggers the release of opioids (natural painkillers).  Massage also increases the release of the hormone oxytocin which leads to a feeling of calmness and a relaxed state.  It is used by mainstream medicine as a complementary therapy for those suffering from arthritis and lower back pain.

Improved Blood Circulation – Manipulation of soft tissues increases better blood circulation through the body, relieving muscle tension and constricted blood vessels.  This increases the supply of oxygen and all essential nutrients throughout your body, meaning more efficient tissue function and better cellular health.  A body that functions more efficiently has reduced inflammation and helps with absorbing excess fluids so vital to body health.  Massage can be of enormous benefit for improving blood circulation which in turn can lead to more strength, a better body metabolism, improved athletic performance, and even clearer thoughts.

Treat Injuries and Promote Healing – Muscles that are repeatedly used can suffer from chronic pain and other injuries.  It is well known that athletes in whatever sphere benefit greatly from deep tissue massage targeting tired muscles.  Massage is recommended by doctors as an alternative to painkillers for muscle or sport-related injuries.  This way it can be focussed on the parts of the body that are in pain or stiff holding the most tension, these are usually the back, shoulders, and neck, rather than as a general pain killer.

Improve Posture – If you have poor posture, the body accepts this position as normal.  But this may give you an unusual appearance and also cause some muscles to work harder than they normally should.  This in turn frequently leads to increased pain and can cause pressure and damage vital internal organs by limiting blood circulation to those parts.  Massage techniques help to relieve the pressure points leading to control over your position.  When your body has readjusted to a natural upright posture, this becomes the norm and you will find the pain can be greatly reduced.

Boost your immune system – Massage, by reducing pain and encouraging relaxation, has enormous benefits for your immune system.  After a few sessions, the number of lymphocytes in your body increases, leading to an increase in the number of white blood cells.  These white blood cells play a huge role in protecting your body from disease-causing microorganisms.  This in turn reduces the levels of inflammation, encourages better sleep, and suppresses the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which plays a big part in aggressive behaviour.

This is a short list of some of the benefits of massage therapy.  However, when you’re planning to book a session it is vital that you choose a fully qualified therapist with the necessary skills to help you achieve the massive range of benefits available.  It is also important that you feel safe and comfortable with your therapist and feel you can trust as this is a good basis for relaxation too.  You may decide to sign up to a massage course yourself as this is a highly enjoyable and satisfying career option.

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Who benefits from Massage?

Many people can benefit from some form of massage. Years ago it was only available for the wealthy.  It was seen as a luxury treatment only but these days it is quite freely available.

Most gyms, clinics, hospitals, and even some offices have massage facilities on offer.  At many service stations on the motorways, there is often a massage chair available for a small charge to revitalise you for your onward journey.

Some massages are purely for relaxation, which can have a calming effect and help with the stresses and strains of everyday life, which obviously helps with general well-being.  But massage in general can be used for a variety of other health benefits such as back pain and headaches, including migraines, sports injuries, etc and it can help with sleep problems too.

It is often used in conjunction with conventional Western medicine and is frequently used to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment.

And apart from the numerous health benefits in times of pain or general malaise, it can also be seen to help improve and boost the immune system.

What is Massage?

Massage is a general term for many techniques such as stroking, tapping, kneading, etc to eliminate fatigue and improve blood circulation. A massage treatment usually consists of pressing, rubbing, or manipulating skin, tendons, muscles and ligaments. The massage therapist should be fully trained, qualified, and insured.  The massage therapist will discuss with their client if they want light or deeper massage.

Massage causes physiological changes in your body and physical manipulation increases blood circulation and relaxes the soft tissues, leading to increased serotonin levels, which in turn, leads to positive effects on your thoughts and emotions.

Massage therapy is mainly used to relax muscle tissues.  Pain and discomfort are caused by frequent contractions and spasms of the muscles and when they contract they compress the nerves around them.  Massage releases the tension in your muscles so the nerves operate more freely, enhancing your range of motion.

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