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The benefits of massage therapy

Many people who have had a nice relaxing massage often wonder if there are other benefits too, and many people who have never had a massage, wonder what all the fuss is about. In which category are you?

There are many benefits to a massage, but we can divide them all into 4 categories.

Lower Stress & Improve Mental Health

Long term stress is known for its adverse effects on your physical and mental health, and massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage stress. There has been considerable research into the effect of massage therapy on stress. In short, during a massage, your heart rate will decrease, your blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and cortisol levels will all drop. Not only will this leave you relaxed physically, it will also assist greatly towards a feeling of calmness and serenity. With this comes the added benefit of less tension headaches and backaches.

Massage Therapy with the right combination of essential oils can be a powerful tool to manage anxiety and depression. A massage will leave you calm and thinking clearly.

Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.

Andrew Weil

Increase Immune Function

During a massage, there is an improvement in blood circulation and lymph drainage. Both of these will result in a flush of toxins out of your body, thus improving your immune system. Interesting studies have been done to research the effect of massage on pregnant woman, on HIV men and more, and massage has shown a positive contribution to a stronger immune system every time. Add to that the strong boost you can give your immune system with the right combination of essential oils!

“Massage is considered to be an effective method to strengthen the immune system, as it combines essential oil application with touch, entering through the largest organ in our bodies, our skin.”

Amy Leigh Mercree

Pain Management

In our modern world, pain medication make pain management a lot easier than several 100 years ago, but with that comes a myriad of adverse side effects. This has lead to a recent ongoing study comparing pain management through opioids, with massage therapy. Massage Therapists around the world know from experience how much massage therapy can help to relieve pain and we are all eagerly awaiting science to confirm it. Whether you are suffering from muscle, joint or nerve pain, massage therapy is a wonderful alternative to painkillers. Discuss your needs with me before the massage to ensure I use a blend of oils specific to your condition.

Given the … multidisciplinary philosophy, I was surprised by the absence of alternative pain approaches – the whole spectrum of cranial-sacral massage, healing-touch therapy, and other hands-on skills that are a lifeline to many people with chronic pain. Alternative therapies are hard to evaluate, but that’s no reason not to explore them.

Marni Jackson

Improve Physical Fitness

You don’t have to be a career athlete to appreciate how much massage therapy can contribute to your physical wellness. Several studies have shown that regular massage therapy will contribute to the prevention of injuries in any sport. And if you have injured yourself already, a sports massage will help you to recover faster. Even if you are a couch potato, massage therapy will contribute to your mobility, thus contributing to your health.

A business man needs a laptop. Athletes need massages and the right diet.

Lolo Jones

Book your massage

If you have a specific health challenge, discuss it with me. Weekly Massage Therapy combined with Aromatherapy will be extremely beneficial. Even if you do not have specific health challenges, a weekly relaxing massage will keep you in top form.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a massage a week, will keep you at your peak!