The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Do you have Tension, Pain, and Discomfort?

Massage therapy is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions there is. Many cultures, including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese, were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments. 

Today massage is frequently used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. It can also be used as part of a preventative care program for sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management and many more.

Additional reasons for the use of massage are listed below:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Improve blood flow and circulation
  • Improve lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce muscular tension
  • Speed up muscle recovery
  • Release endorphins, the body's natural painkiller

Who should use massage therapy?*

The majority of us would see a benefit from taking part in regular massage therapy.

Take desk workers for example. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to many forms of postural stresses, which can show up in the body as an ache, pain or weakness.

Desk workers are a group of people who most commonly feel these in the lower back, glutes or neck as they are caused by prolonged periods of sitting in an incorrect posture.

Luckily enough, massage can help to counteract the imbalances caused from sitting and furthermore, studies have shown that massage can also be used to successfully treat a variety of other disorders, including:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • soft tissue injuries
  • chronic pain
  • constipation
  • depression
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • Insomnia.

The Top 4 Benefits of massage

1 - Stress Reduction

One of the immediate benefits of massage is that is provides you with a feeling of relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins while reducing the levels of stress hormones in the body, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine.

Allowing time in your diary for regular massage ensures that you are providing your body with an opportunity to drift away from those everyday problems; allowing for it to get the rest and recovery which it needs.

2 - Drug Free Pain Relief

Massage is considered very low risk for most people and it is becoming widely accepted within the medical community as a treatment for certain types of pain, either on its own or with additional medical treatments.

Depending on your situation massage can be very helpful in relieving discomfort by increasing the blood flow and providing sore muscles with the nutrition they need, thereby aiding recovery.

3 - Improves Concentration

Massage has been shown to improve your sleep quality which in turn gives you more energy, reduces your body’s fatigue and improves your concentration levels.

4 - It Feels Great

Massage in general is relaxing. Even deep tissue massages can be relaxing once all of your knots have been released. Some of the other physical benefits of massage include:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • Increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • Improved skin tone
  • Increased healing speed of soft tissue injuries
  • Reduced anxiety and depression.

So…

We’ve told you the benefits but you’re still not sure? Are you struggling to find the time in your diary to allocate to a regular massage? If so, that’s where we can help.

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This portable applicator includes a revolutionary combination of design and science and has been ergonomically constructed for ease of use and effortless, mess free, topical gel application.

Perfect for relaxation and relieving tension and pain, the bac< Easy Applicator is ergonomically designed to enable the user to easily apply pressure exactly where it is needed.

Ideal for deep tissue massage, the Easy Applicator is portable and lightweight, meaning that it can be used at work, at home or on the go. You can use it yourself to apply pressure to the exact point of pain and furthermore, the unique design allows for a mess free and effortless application of topical relief gel.

Use it as often as required to release built up tension in areas that you can’t reach by hand; keeping muscles lose and free from stress.

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*Who should not use massage?

There are some restrictions on who should not use massage therapy, these include those who are in the first trimester of pregnancy, those with skin rashes and cuts present and those who have suspected fractures or broken bones. If any of the above apply to you, before undertaking any type of massage, please seek medical advice.