Previously Unknown Benefits of Massage

Massage has been a tried and tested method of relaxation for thousands of years. Although previously only accessible to the top of society, professional massages are now available for everyone. If indulging in the royalties of previous generations favourite form of relaxation isn’t tempting enough for you to give it a try, then you might be interested to read the rest of this article. Read on to find out how regular massages can not only release the tension in your shoulders but can leave you looking better, feeling better and living longer.

Preferable to Pumping Iron

It doesn’t just feel great, massage can have a myriad of benefits to your physique – sports massages are a routine part of every top athlete’s regime and it’s easy to see why.

Massages have been shown too:

  1. Delay the muscle atrophy that is caused by long periods of inactivity.
  2. Increase the flow of nutrients to both muscles and joints, causing; increased recovery to fatigue and injury and decrease susceptibility to cramps.
  3. Enhance muscle tone and joint flexibility – making you stronger and faster as well as reducing your susceptibility to injury.
  4. Strengthen the muscles of the diaphragm – allowing deeper breaths and therefore more efficient breathing.
  5. Improve your spinal posture
  6. Make your skin healthier – through increased regeneration of tissue, skin tone, elasticity, nutrient access and blood flow. Furthermore, it has also been linked to the healing of scars.

Love your Insides

Being massaged doesn’t just provide external benefits it also has an amazing indirect affect on your nervous system, hormone system and many of your internal organs.

Massages have been shown too:

  1. Reduce your chances of suffering from a stroke or heart attack – through reduction of blood pressure.
  2. Increase the flow of nutrients and oxygen and increase the transport of metabolic waste – this is through the stimulation of red blood cell production and increased blood flow.
  3. Improve your resistance and recovery to illness – through the stimulation of the immune system
  4. Increase elimination of metabolic waste through stimulation of the kidneys and liver
  5. Help with constipation
  6. Aid in bone repair

Free your Mind

Massage brings more than just relaxation to the table, it has been shown that it can act as a simulate that can markedly improve your mental health.

Massages have been shown too:

  1. Reduce stress and worry
  2. Improve self esteem and acceptance.
  3. Make you smarter – through increased concentration, clarity and creativity
  4. Improve your mood – through the release of endocrines
  5. Promote a healthy sleeping pattern
  6. Increase energy levels and reserves

This article was written by Jacob Catt on behalf of Christi Reiki Master – providers of excellent massage therapy in the Bristol area.

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