There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Whatever your reason for wanting a massage whether it’s for pampering, rejuvenating or therapeutic, a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management or self-maintenance, massage therapy can be powerful in your healthcare regime.
Massage therapies main effect is that it encourages relaxation in the body and thus the mind. The body often produces an unhealthy buildup of cortisol and stress hormones when we’re stuck in traffic, meeting a work deadline or just living modern day life as we know it.
Enter massage therapy!
Massage has been shown to not only decrease cortisol in the body but also increase serotonin (feel good hormones). This allows the body and it’s nervous system to enter into the relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an affect that lasts long after the massage is over as massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
Massage has been used for centuries as an instinctive way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body and mind. The way that we feel can have a direct physical effect on our body, so by inducing relaxation and stress relief both the body and mind can benefit from a massage treatment. It is a holistic approach that can be used alongside conventional medicines.
Here are just some of the benefits:
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Ease of muscular tension, soreness & stiffness
- Improved skin tone, circulation & elasticity
- Helps elimination of toxins & swelling
- Boosts immune system
- Relieves tired & stiff joints
- Can increase energy levels
- Aids better sleep & reduces insomnia
- Improves muscle tone
- Improves oxygen flow in the circulation
- Helps rid the muscle cells of toxins and improves lymphatic drainage
- Helps induce a psychological ‘feel good factor’
- Stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable
- Stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time
Massage therapy works on the entire body so that all areas of potential stress and tension are reached and addressed. It is thought that massage produces positive effects on the mind and body by releasing feel good chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage works best in a way that this one is concentrated more on the sore, tense “trigger points” in the body. The massage therapist uses light, regular blows that put pressure on muscles, tendons, or other deep tissue structures under the skin. It’s good for prolonged pains and contracted areas such as the stiff neck, upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle cramps, and painful shoulders.
Your body functions better after a massage because of many things including increased circulation, which brings newly oxygenated blood to your muscles and transports metabolic waste and toxins away from your internal organs to detox the body. It also provides greater flexibility as the muscles relax and limber, mobile joints create an improved range of motion and performance.