• Roz Drinkwater

Massage therapy - 10 reasons why it's a must!


Introducing massage therapy into your routine can help improve both physical and mental performance, benefiting your overall well-being significantly.

This article takes a brief look at some of the specific benefits that massage therapy offers including how massage:-

  • Relieves stress

  • Encourages relaxation

  • Improves sleep and reduces fatigue

  • Relieves and reduces headaches

  • Improves posture

  • Improves flexibility

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Helps eliminate toxins

Relieves stress

We all react differently to stress, whether we suffer from mood changes (anxiety, irritability, depression) or physical changes (fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, stomach upsets).

WebMD warns that constant stress actually becomes "distress -- a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases."

Massage therapy is immensely good at relieving symptoms of stress, lowering blood pressure, relaxing muscles and increasing the production of endorphins (chemicals which trigger a positive feeling in the body). Clinical studies have shown that even a single 90 minute session can reduce your heart rate, insulin levels and cortisol levels.

Encourages relaxation

Your body responds to stress by producing Cortisol, a hormone which helps regulate your metabolism and immune response. A built up of cortisol can lead to headaches, poor sleep and problems with digestion. Massage therapy helps decrease Cortisol levels so your body can enter the ‘relax–rest–recovery’ mode which is so important for your physical and mental well-being. Improved relaxation helps reinforce a positive attitude, enhances mental alertness, calm and creative thinking and an improved mental outlook.

Improves sleep and reduces fatigue

Going to bed with relaxed and loosened muscles promotes more restful sleep which encourages our bodies to wake with more energy. In other words, because massage therapy helps relieve stress and encourages relaxation, it supports better quality sleep so you feel better rested during the day.

Relieves and reduces headaches

Headaches and migraines can be debilitating, and often occur as a result of stress or lack of sleep. Massage therapy aids the body in maintaining optimum levels of relaxation by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points which can reduce the occurrence of tension headaches or migraine attacks. Massage can also provide immediate relief from the discomfort of both mild and severe headaches by relaxing muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back.

Improves Posture

Poor posture forces muscles to work harder than they should, weakening other muscles at the same time. The result is often tension in your back or neck. Massage therapy can help adjust your posture. As muscles are loosened and relaxed, your joints are more able to move freely which enables your body to find its natural position and reinforces healthy movement.

Improves Flexibility

As we get older, our joints tighten and our range of motion is reduced. Massage works on your muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and joints to help improve flexibility. This in turn protects your body from injury as looser muscles are less prone to sprains and strains.

Lowers blood pressure

High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it often exists without any obvious symptoms. It affects both men and women alike, and at any age. Long-term studies have shown that regular massage therapy helps decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. It also decreases salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels. This lowers your chance of heart attack, kidney failure or a stroke.

Improves blood circulation

Healthy blood circulation is essential for our physical health. Poor circulation can lead to various discomforts, particularly in hands and feet, fatigue and achiness where lactic acid accumulates in the muscles. Improved circulation brings oxygen rich blood to damaged areas, enabling healing. The pressure that massage techniques creates helps direct blood to congested areas and flushes away lactic acid build up to improve circulation of the lymph fluid which carries waste away. This results in much improved body function.

Strengthens the immune system

Clinical studies have shown that regular massage naturally increases the body’s immune system’s capacity, increasing the activity level of the body’s white blood cells which work to combat viruses.

Helps eliminate toxins

Many health issues arise from the build-up of toxins in our bodies over the years. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s circulatory system, delivering nutrients to cells and carrying away excess waste, viruses and toxins. Massage stimulates lymphatic drainage by encouraging lymph flow which is beneficial for detoxification and oedema. This can be particularly beneficial post-surgery.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

 Jo P, Christchurch

A real top to toe treatment with Roz taking time to make sure I was comfortable throughout and the pressure was perfect

Beauty Studio 21

21 Smugglers Lane South, Highcliffe,

Christchurch, BH23 4NG   

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