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A full body massage relaxes, energises, relieves soreness and gets you pumped up to face the tiring week ahead. Not only can it release stress and tension from your body, but it can also release stress from your mind, too.
But there’s much more than meets the eye (or should we say ‘body’) when it comes to massage.
Massage therapy is a procedure aimed at alleviating body aches and tensions, both acute as well as chronic, by means of muscle, tissue and joint manipulation.
Many of us go about our lives not realising that the shooting pain in our lower back or the annoying pain in our neck (not talking about your co-worker here!) can be treated by a regular visit to the masseuse.
Massage is an integral part of health and fitness and here are five awesome advantages of a regular rub:
1. Boosting the Immune system
A full body massage gently stimulates the lymph nodes located throughout the body, which in turn activates the immune system. Lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell held inside the lymph nodes) are measurably increased through gentle massage. These blood cells are primarily responsible for helping the body fight against viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and toxins.
2. Increased blood circulation
A good massage can aid in increased blood circulation. This ensures that oxygen reaches all parts of the body. A clinical research study published that people who go for twice-weekly massages have reduced blood pressure compared to those who opted for self-administered progressive muscle relaxation. The bottom line? You’re better of finding a qualified massage therapist.
3. Skin detox
Chocolate mousse, green lemon, wild honey massage… Mmmm! As delicious as these sound, they are greatly beneficial to your skin as well. A full body scrub massage ensures the removal of all dead cells, eliminates toxins and invigorates the skin, making it look and feel healthy. It can also reduce scars and stretch marks and regenerate tissue.
4. Recovery from surgery
Ancient cultures give a lot of importance to massages, especially for women who have given birth. Massages are known to help patients who have undergone surgery to recover faster. They also aid in accelerated healing of surgical swellings because of increased tissue regeneration.
5. Relief from chronic headaches
Massage calms our mind and relaxes our body. It also has a great effect on people who suffer from migraines and tension headaches. Headaches are often attributed to poor sleeping habits or increased stress. People who receive massages are found to sleep better and this in turn reduces incidence of headaches.
Now that you know a thing or two about how great a massage is for your body, you may wonder how to incorporate it in your wellness routine.
Here are some steps you can follow to ensure massage has a place in your fitness calendar:
- If you intensely work out every day religiously, taking the time to go for a sports massage within a couple of hours of your workout can be really beneficial to your muscles. Many gyms have a wellness suite and it may be worth discussing your options with a member of staff.
- If you are someone who is strength training 2-3 days a week, then I’d advise you to look into scheduling weekly massage appointments to ensure your circulation is increased and muscles don’t get too tight.
- If you perform high intensity workouts and take regular breaks, you can plan your massage schedule during your recovery week, allowing your body to adequately rest and recover.
- And finally, if you’re an athlete, make sure you plan a massage appointments at least a couple of days before and another events.
It is important to note that one must ensure they are physically fit when opting for a massage. Always seek medical advice before undergoing any treatment if you are unwell.
Now, go get yourself a good massage, you deserve it!
Article by Breanne: writer, fitness fanatic and keen massage lover. Find her and her team over at ProteinPromo.