Whilst it is well-known that massage therapy reduces physical pain and relieves tension, many other benefits are often overlooked.
Demanding schedules and active lifestyles can lead to high levels of stress, greatly hampering our well-being. Taking the time for self-care is essential for building a healthier state of mind, and assisting your body in through its natural healing processes.
Melissa Rohlfs, Co Founder of on-demand massage booking platform ZenNow, shares her thoughts on some of the key health benefits of massage.
Massage therapy is capable of easing both short-term and chronic pain conditions. When it comes to aches and inflammation, massage therapy increases blood flow and circulation to aid stiff muscles, sore joints, bone pain and headaches. Stronger massage techniques stimulate blood flow, which improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients into your body’s tissues.
Massage is also known to stimulate the production of mitochondria in our muscles. These are the cell structures responsible for producing energy and help muscles make a speedy recovery from strenuous activity.
Improve posture and joint mobility
Poor posture results from positioning our spines in unnatural positions, which through emphasising the spinal curves, places increased stress on our ligaments, tendons and joints. Sedentary desk jobs are the major culprit to poor posture, and often leave us with ongoing aches in our backs, shoulders and necks. Deep pressure massages stretch out the muscle fibres to increase blood flow to the muscles, resulting in reduced pain and an increased range of movement.
Long workdays and regular periods of tension can increase the levels of stress-inducing hormones in our bodies, such as cortisol and adrenaline This has both physical and psychological effects on our body, often resulting in poor cognitive function and affects our day-to-day performance. When your body is in an ongoing period of stress, muscles become tightened, and blood pressure and heart rate rise.
Massage therapy has been known to to reduce the levels of these stress-inducing hormones and bring about feelings of emotional wellbeing. Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system, which result in a feeling of calm relaxation, making both long and short-term sensations of stress easier to overcome.
Improve your mood
Along with reducing the levels of common stress hormones, massage therapy also acts to increase the levels of feel-good hormones in your body, such as serotonin and dopamine. Low levels of dopamine are associated with poor focus and clumsiness, while low levels of serotonin are often exhibited through poor sleeping, irritability and depressive states. Through increasing the levels of dopamine and serotonin in our bodies, massage therapy can better regulate our mood and reduce irritability, while producing that sense of satisfaction we are familiar with after a massage.
Boost immunity and add a glow
Through stimulating blood flow and improving circulation, massage therapy encourages cell regeneration and the flow of nutrients to the cells, which can present a more vibrant, youthful appearance. Massage therapy encourages lymphatic drainage, which moves toxins out of your skin and allows for a better flow of nutrients. The suppleness of skin is also improved through the stimulation of sebum production, which helps with moisturisation to reduce dryness.
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