1. Boost your immune system
Many studies have linked massages to improved functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, massage was shown to improve production of white blood cells which fight against disease. Better blood circulation may also lead to enhanced organ function which makes you feel brighter and happier. So there's something in that old ethos of healthy body, healthy mind.
2. Improve your overall well-being
Better sleep, less stress and a better mood are bound to make you feel better, but a regular massage may well result in an increased radiance in your skin as well as your mood. Massage increases blood flow and encourages lymphatic drainage (taking toxins out and away from cells), which is why regular stimulation may add vitality to your complexion and hair.
In 2005, The Touch Research Institute found that massage soothes anxiety by reducing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, boosting the levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and increasing levels of oxytocin in the body, all of which can lead to reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.
3. Reduce inflammation
Massage greatly relieves sore muscles after physical exercise. Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and help your body recover more quickly. The right kind of pressure can help to loosen knots in the muscles and encourage better blood flow. Massage can also improve your flexibility and consequently helps to prevent injuries and aches (particularly those caused by repetitive strain).
4. Reduce pain
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on the effectiveness of both relaxation and structural massage and other care on lower back pain also found that a 10-week massage treatment reduced pain more than medications and exercises - and the effects lasted for up to six months. It also showed that relaxation massage was as effective as structural massage.
A 2006 study published in the American Archives of Internal Medicine showed that frequent massages could decrease stiffness and pain and improve movement in people with osteoarthritis, and research from Granada University found that a single session of massage therapy immediately affects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
5. Improve sleep
Even insomniacs may find it easier to get a good night’s rest after a massage treatment. Many studies have addressed this phenomenon and accredit it to massage’s effect on delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep.
The International Journal of Neuroscience stated that patients suffering from migraines reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache-free days and fewer sleep disturbances after a course of massage therapy.
If we have inspired you to experience the benefits of massage, why not book a treatment at The Waterbeach? You can view our brochure by clicking here and please call us on 01243 520156 to make an appointment.