Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions which were used to treat ailments in ancient times and cultures. Some of these techniques are still used today but have slightly evolved, for instance, the hot stone massage.
There has long been a misconception that massages are a luxury and primarily for relaxation only. However, over the past few years, people are getting massages more regularly to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul.
Let’s look at the different health benefits of getting regular massages and how the sessions can help you feel good and improve your overall wellbeing.
If you’re like me and find little time to care for your skin and constantly feeling drab, massages can help improve your skin health by softening dry skin and increasing suppleness. It will reduce tension in the skin and rehydrate with cell regeneration. The side effects of this is that people won’t recognise you are looking more radiant than ever (lol).
Improves posture and blood circulation
If you’re in a 9-5 role or similar you will most likely be stressed whether it's from the workload or the monotony of day to day life. Your posture may also suffer, as well as experiencing tension headaches or similar.
A good massage session can help alleviate some of these issues by reducing your stress, improving your posture and blood circulation especially if you’re behind a desk most of the time. It is important to increase the blood flow so that you will not have issues like blood clots etc.
Most people are unaware that remaining in the same position, whether it be standing up or sitting down reduces your blood circulation and isn’t ideal. Although workplace health and safety will suggest you perform daily exercises every hour or so most people don’t practice this.
Even one massage a month can benefit you by providing relaxation and a good therapist will discuss your main issues and address the areas of your body that need attention the most. Tight shoulders and poor posture are common as well as lower back pain.
Release muscle tension and better mental health
Athletes and gym enthusiasts will also attest to the continual benefits of regular massages to reduce pain by hitting their trigger points and easing muscle tiredness. Anxiety is also common in athletes as well as soft tissue injuries, and like any other issues are treated over time with a few sessions.
By releasing muscle tension around your joints, mobility is increased and less stiff. Just think of the performance of a car that hasn’t been oiled for a long time to one that has been oiled there would be a big difference in the performance. The same thing can be said about our bodies if we treat our body with care, it will perform at its optimal level. It is no surprise that athletes/ sports people’s bodies are under constant stress, regular massages will help them to perform better and improve their state of mind.
Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones affect the immune system. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced by getting regular massage treatments.
Increases white blood cell production
A regular massage can improve your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells which fight disease. At some stage, we all experience regular aches and pains with certain spots tightening up more than others and a massage is aimed at relaxing muscles. If left untreated your problematic areas can get worse and create ongoing issues.
If you’ve never had a massage there could be the fear of the unknown but good massage therapists will put you at ease. They will address your core issues and work on releasing trigger points as well as elongating muscles and breaking down adhesions.
They will focus on areas that are tight, sore or injured to increase blood flow to the tissues and releasing the tension. It's also important to note that massages will help eliminate toxins and oxygenate the cells as well as alleviate niggling pain which will help you feel good in the long term.
Massages at Montra Spa
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