The benefits of massage are well documented by both traditional medicine and complimentary therapy practitioners. Yet it is often seen as a luxury to ‘treat’ yourself to a massage.
The positive effects on both the psychological and the physiological aspects of an individual can be very noticeable.
Some of the more common benefits of massage therapy can include:
- Decreased levels of stress hormones
- Increased productivity of white blood cells for improved immune system function
- Restful sleeping patterns
- Improved muscle tone
- Increased concentration levels… to name just a few
But you may be surprised to know that massage can also help:
- The body’s natural waste removal system by stimulating the digestive system and improving gut motility
- The heart by decreasing the body’s natural resting heart rate
- In the assistance of breaking down scar tissue after injury or trauma
- Management of mental health conditions including anxiety disorders, depression and panic attacks
- Improve self image and raise self worth in those with low confidence
Increasingly NHS Hospital Trusts and Primary Care services in the UK are adopting and/or referring to more and more complimentary therapies as a way to support the general treatment of patients.
Just because massage therapy feels like a luxurious pamper treat does not mean that it is any less therapeutic and as a result should be considered as part of any healthy lifestyle plan.
Contact me to discuss a treatment tailored to your individual needs.