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Stress suppresses our immune system which can lead to increased colds and flu, as well as other diseases. One key factor to reduce stress is to change your lifestyle, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, getting plenty of sleep and regular massages.
Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good, but many probably don’t realise exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health.
Here are the 7 reasons why you should get a regular massage:
1. Reduce Stress
It is a known fact that stress induces hormonal activity that suppresses the immune system. This can increase the susceptibility to colds and flu, as well as other diseases. It can also cause overeating, excessive smoking and alcohol abuse. One key factor to reduce stress is to change your lifestyle, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, getting plenty of sleep and regular massages. Certain massage techniques are more relaxing than others. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, A Hot Stone Massage tends to relax on a deeper level.
2. Feel Less Pain
Endorphins are chemicals in the brain and are our natural pain killers. With high levels of these natural chemicals, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. When the skin is massaged it causes stimulation and release of chemicals in the brain. For instance, it increases dopamine and serotonin and reduces the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
3. Improve Circulation
Fatigue, general achiness, cold hands and feet, myofascial trigger points (knots in muscle tissue) are all related to poor circulation. Different advanced massage therapy techniques have been proven to help. Painful myofascial trigger points treated by ways of a pressure technique referred to as Trigger Point Therapy, decreases pain in that area and increases circulation. Further massage will deliver more oxygen and nutrition to tissue cells and eliminate metabolic waste.
4. Increase Disease Resistance
The Lymphatic System is very similar to the Cardiovascular System except that it has no organ to pump the fluid. This important fluid is being pumped by movement of muscles and the diaphragm. There are approximately 500-600 lymph nodes in the body, located around the neck, armpits, breast, groin, abdomen, elbows and knees. These nodes break down and destroy particles so they can eventually be flushed out of the body. This is the body’s defence system against disease. Massage increases Lymph flow by applying pressure on muscles throughout the body, thereby increasing resistance to disease.
5. Body Detox to Remain Healthy and Young
When we remove toxins from our body and provide it with healthy nutrients, we start a rejuvenation process that has an endless list of benefits from optimum health to beautiful skin and hair. By detoxing our body and nourishing it with plenty of oxygen, water and chemical-free nutrition, we activate our own fountain of youth. Massage Therapy has been found very effective in eliminating toxins. Through the process of kneading and pushing/pressing, blood circulation is increased. This will also increase oxygen to tissue cells and start the process of metabolic waste elimination. It is important though to follow up with water to completely wash out the toxins
6. Speedy Recovery
Massage can improve circulation and reduce muscle spasm providing a healthier, pliable, nutrient- and oxygen-rich tissue prior to surgery and perhaps improve the recovery potential of the tissues. In the acute post-surgical phase, massage will help reduce swelling in the surrounding tissues, improve circulation, reduce muscle spasm, and provide a pain killer effect. Massage aids the development of healthy, functional scar tissue, which is always a concern after surgery and may help reduce the risk of re-injury or the development of chronic pain at the site of the scar.
7. Increase Flexibility
The healthy flexible body can move freely and easily without discomfort and restrictions in the joints and surrounding tissues. Massage techniques can alleviate the conditions of joint inflexibility and return the joint to normal functioning. Stretching is also a key element in improving and maintaining joint flexibility.