The rush and pressure of modern life makes our body yearn for rest and relaxation. A good massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress and eliminate anxiety and pressure altogether. Gentle massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, helps induce a sense of well-being, relives pain and reduces the levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline.
So, what exactly are the health benefits of massage?
- Massage can help cut down spasms and migraines
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
- Increase joint flexibility
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Reduced fatigue
Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Consider massage appointments a necessary investment in your health and wellness and work with your therapist or practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Watch this space for more information on different types of massage, also best massage spots in London and the UK.