How often do you treat yourself to a full body massage?
We often look at massages as a ‘luxury’ item; something that you get as a gift or only do on special occasions. However, the benefits of massages go a lot deeper than just the ‘feel good’ factor. Massages are great for both the mind and the body in so many different ways! Here is an overview on the benefits of massage.
Benefits of Massage
- The most common and heard of benefit of massage therapy is muscle relaxation. Massaging sore, tired and tense muscles helps increase circulation and oxygen flow to the muscle tissue allowing it to heal and reduce swelling to the area.
- Not only are they good for the body but massages are also good for the mind. Taking an hour out of your day to switch off gives your mind a chance to rest for an hour or so. Once your brain has slowed down, it causes a chain reaction within the body, allowing all of your muscles to relax and fully reap the physical benefits of a massage.
- Massages have also been shown to help lower blood pressure, which can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and many other health issues.
- Regular massage can also decrease cortisol levels within the body, which is a hormone that is released mainly when you are stressed. Having too much cortisol in the body can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and a range of other health issues.
- Regular massages can also help in preventing migraines and tension headaches.
- Massages reduce anxiety and depression through the reduction of cortisol, as well as the increased production of dopamine and serotonin.
- Massage can also stimulate the lymphatic system, eliminating toxins from the body and increasing the oxygen supply to joints and muscles.
To find out more about how Massage Therapy can benefit you, contact Claire at Luminescence Beauty Therapies in Balwyn.