4 Top health benefits of having a massage

Can you believe it's March already in just two days? Spring is fast approaching and I cannot wait for this cold and miserable weather to go away! As we stepping in to the Spring season, we all need to unwind and have some 'Me' time to feel fresh and rejuvenated. Some of you might pay a visit to your favourite hair salon and get a new haircut or maybe some of you might treat yourself to a 'pretty in pink' manicure. But for me, I would really like to get a professional massage as I never actually had one! I have been browsing online and Groupon had some amazing deals in my area so I might make a cheeky purchase. For those who aren’t familiar with massage and its benefits, massage is often regarded as a pamper day staple – something to be enjoyed at spa days with a bottle of Prosecco at hand. But the reality is that massage has a number of health benefits and is a form of alternative therapy useful in the treatment of a number of conditions. Here are four surprising benefits of massage:

Studies have suggested that massage can be used to reduce pain in a number of individuals, including those suffering from long-term pain and the terminally ill. Although massage is regarded as a form of alternative medicine, many medical institutions now offer light massage to a number of patients suffering from a variety of conditions and have incorporated elements of massage into palliative care. Massage can reduce patient's heart rates, blood pressure, as well as trigger a reduction in patient’s overall anxiety levels. In recent years, sports massage has become a hugely popular form of pain relief for athletes and individuals suffering from sports-related injuries. In Ancient Greece, massage was routinely offered to Olympians both before and after athletic events to help relax the athlete’s muscles and mind.

The effects of massage on mood and well-being have been known for centuries. Today, massage is a popular treatment choice for spa-goers looking to unwind and relax, with the back massage being a classic favourite, but the effects of massage can be significantly more profound than a mere few minutes of temporary relaxation, even getting your own back massager product at home could have significant effects on your health and well-being. Massage has the effect of reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and the amount of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) that’s found in the body. As a result, massage can be useful in the treatment of anxiety and depression and help to reduce feelings of anxiety and promote a sense of well-being in sufferers.
Some forms of massage can help to reduce gastrointestinal discomfort such as feelings of nausea, stomach ache and vomiting. Acupressure is a type of massage that is similar in style to acupuncture; like acupuncture, it is based on the theory of energy and the belief that areas of the body (known as meridians) can become blocked, preventing the flow of energy and resulting in illness. Like acupuncture, acupressure is regarded as a form of alternative medicine and can be used to compliment traditional medical treatments. During an acupressure session, pressure is applied via the hand, elbow or massage device to specific acupuncture points to relieve tension and encourage well-being.

For many headache sufferers, massage has proven itself to be an unprecedented and unpredictable treatment for head and neck pain and tension headaches. One theory is that the reduction in blood pressure reduces the likelihood of tension building up in the head, thereby preventing headaches in sufferers. Head massages focus on specific areas of the head to alleviate headaches and tension in the head, but massage applied to other parts of the body can reduce stress levels and therefore help to prevent stress-related headaches.  

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Indre xoxo

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