22/04/16 06:26 Filed in: Advice
I sometimes see clients who think of massage as an occasional treat when they feel they deserve to be pampered or to reward themselves for completing a difficult task or getting through a tricky time in their lives. While that's fine, I firmly believe that almost everyone can benefit from regular massage. Over the years I've realised that there are many reasons why regular massage can be so beneficial and I'd like to share them with you today.
Massage reduces stress and tension by lowering cortisol levels and stimulating the production of dopamine and serotonin produced by the body. The result? You feel less anxious and can see everything much more clearly.
Massage helps to reduce the impact of long hours spent at a desk. When we sit at a computer - especially a laptop - for hours at a time our shoulders pull forward and become rounded and our back muscles (upper and lower) become overstretched which weakens them. In conjunction with regular exercise, massage can alleviate back pain and actually hlep to improve your posture.
Massage improves circulation which is especially beneficial if you're inactive due to injury or chronic pain. The action of massage flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the way lymph fluid circulates, carrying waste products away from internal organs. As a result, some clients discover that it lowers their blood pressure as well.
Massage can help you get a good night's sleep. Remember I said that regular massage produces serotonin? This is essential for the production of melatonin, the so-called 'sleep hormone' which is produced naturally by your brain when the sun goes down and your body begins preparations for sleep.
Regular massage can reduce the need for prescription painkillers and offers a natural, healthy alternative to a quick chemical fix.
There are many more reasons why I believe regular massage can play an important part in living a balanced, healthy life but these are some of the most important. Everyone's different however, so if you're having a problem or experiencing discomfort, get in touch for a quick, honest appraisal - I'd love to help you if I can.