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Massage – guilty pleasure or indispensable health habit?

Massage – guilty pleasure or indispensable health habit?

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is merely a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself and discover exactly how good a regular massage can be for a variety of reasons.

The Chinese began using massage to heal the human body as long ago as 5000 BC, recognising that it could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation. Today, despite the emergence of new health therapies, massage is still a powerful tool that can help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or you’re looking for an alternate way to relieve stress.

Postural Stress – desk workers, who sit for long periods of time, are more prone to suffering from advanced forms of postural stress which usually manifests as lower back pain – a regular massage can help counteract the imbalance caused from too much sitting by by improving circulation which in turn aids tissue growth and repair, healing and invigorating aching or injured muscles.

Improved Circulation – good circulation helps stabilise our body’s temperature, maintain our pH balance and transport nutrients and waste products to and from cells. If we have a problem with our circulation, our general health suffers. The physical manipulation of soft tissue and the chemicals released as a part of the body’s response to relaxation during a massage, helps stimulate both the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems which work together to supply nutrients and oxygen throughout the body whilst ridding it of wastes and toxins, resulting in a fitter, healthier you.

Breathe Easy – sufferers from respiratory issues such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis can benefit from a regular massage. As you become more relaxed during a massage, tight respiratory muscles relax and move more freely which in turn aids breathing by allowing the lungs to expand and contract without inhibition, at the same time allowing oxygen an easier path into your body and carbon dioxide an easier path out.

Sport and Injuries – when used as part of a regular health programme, massage can increase endurance and control fatigue; stimulation from vigorous activity can lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and regular massage can help to heal and invigorate aching or injured muscles, resulting in more productive training and fewer injuries.

Just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Making massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan is an investment in your health that will reward you well into your future.

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