What are the benefits of a massage treatment?
Everyone knows that a massage feels good – whether you’re going for a soul-soothing Hot Stone or Swedish Massage or an invigorating deep tissue massage.
Massage is more than just a feel-good treat though; it should be part of your regular maintenance.
Here are a few reasons why…
Massage therapy is great for stress relief
You’ve probably heard that before, we know. It’s true that if you’re stressed, a massage will help to unwind you, but how does that impact on the rest of your health. Experts think that stress leads to the development of illnesses and disease in the human body. In fact, some would go as far as to estimate that more than ninety percent of disease is stress related.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that people who received Swedish massage twice a week experienced decreases in their cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
Stress also makes us age faster which is a bad thing for our mind,body and appearance too. Being highly stressed can put years on you, so reducing your stress levels can only be good for your overall health and body condition.
Having regular massage can help to;
- Reduce anxiety.
- Improve your sleep quality.
- Boost your energy.
- Help your concentration.
- Boost your circulation.
- Alleviate fatigue.
The emotional benefits can not be ignored either.
Research into massage therapy
There has been plenty of research carried out into the effects and benefits of a massage on the body.
Some of the results that studies have shown from regular massage include;
- less stiffness and pain from arthritis
- better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow in asthmatic children
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- lowered blood pressure, anxiety and stress in people with high blood pressure.
- less water retention and cramping in PMS sufferers
- Healing to boost immunity
A recent study conducted in 2018 by The BBC to identify if massage could boost your immunity, found that massage therapy boosted the white blood cells by 70% after a one hour Swedish massage.
Back in 2011 there was a study carried out into back pain, and the results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study revealed that after having a Swedish massage every week for ten weeks, one in three back pain patients said that their back problems were improved and were even pain free, compared to 1 in 25 who had the standard treatments.
If you suffer from regular headaches, you might be interested to hear that a 2009 study found that massage decreased headache pain in people with tension headaches, and as a result it reduced their stress too!
Massage just feels good
Although it’s clear that massage is great for treating some specific conditions and diseases, you don’t have to be feeling poorly to enjoy having a regular massage. Most people like to book a massage because it feels good – it produces endorphins in the body which create feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Massage is an all-round healing therapy that feels great and does you good.
Why not book yourself massage and see if we can smooth out any aches and pains along with your stress and tension.
Visit our booking portal and relax feel the benefits of a massage first hand from the comfort of your home from a trained professional.