Could Really Do With A Massage? 3 Reasons To Say YES!
So, you’re feeling that stress and tension or have a few aches and pains. Don’t tell me you’ve never said “ I could really do with a massage”
Well, what are you waiting for?
We need to learn to listen to our body more. There is a reason you’re suffering. I suffered for many years after my car accident with neck spasms and back pain and still do. Initially I ignored it until it became debilitating. I couldn’t move my neck at all and every twinge was agony.
Finally I caved in and had regular neck, back and shoulder massage and some Osteopathy sessions. Admittedly prior to this I pushed my health to the bottom of the list as finances were tight. New clothes, regular nights out and the car I had my eye on were slipping further down my list of priorities. My health began to soar after feeling the immense benefits and relief massage gave me. I took the therapists advice and maintained my treatments. For the next 2 years, I had no further issues with my neck.
I refer to our bodies like a car. If you don’t have a good service now and again, it’s inevitable you will break down, it’s just a matter of time.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of massage:
1. Boosts your circulation and immune system
Massage increases blood flow around the body which is extraordinarily beneficial for healing. It is especially so to those who may have a more stagnant lifestyle as a result of age or injury. It also helps to move waste products from the body by stimulating the lymphatic system which relies on movement to function as it doesn’t have an in built pump like the heart.
2. Reduces stress and tension
Studies have shown that massage increases levels of serotonin (happy hormone released in the brain) and dopamine (arousal and reward hormone released in the brain). Regular massage promotes deep relaxation, slowing heart rate and breathing, reducing blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. Massage also boosts energy and increases concentration leaving you feeling both relaxed and revitalised.
3. Improves flexibility and function
Massage can help to relax tight and painful muscle tension and loosen the joints, improving overall flexibility and function. It is especially beneficial for those who like to exercise as the massage helps to eliminate products that are formed in the body after exercising and also improves the muscle tone.
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