Making time for self care is more important than ever in this busy world we live in.
One of the best ways to unwind and switch off is with a relaxing massage, but did you know that massage has many other health benefits as well?
Historically massage has been associated with the practice of physiotherapy, in which muscles are manipulated to affect your muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and metabolic systems, while also providing a classic remedy for strains.
However, in recent years the art of massage has evolved with the benefits now extending into the psychological.
This week we explore some unexpected psychological and physical massage benefits, to explain why a massage could be just what you need.
IMPROVES YOUR POSTURE
Sitting in an office all day? Did you know that massage is a great way of counter-acting all that sitting that you do? The majority of people suffer from some sort of postural stress, and regular massage as well as exercise can help ease this.
HELPS WITH DEPRESSION
The human touch is inherently therapeutic, and massage has been proven in recent years to help with depression and mental health issues. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience shows that women suffering from breast cancer who receive massage therapy three times a week report feeling less depressed, and this in turn helps with their recovery.
STRENGTHENS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Massage has been proven to boost white blood cell count which can then act as a defence for your body, protecting it from disease. Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences reported that people who undergo massage treatments experience measurable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response.
Massage is a brilliant way to de-stress. The results are immediate and very effective. And don’t forget that stress can also play havoc with your skin, so the less stressed you are, the better you look and feel!
HELPS RECOVERY TIME AFTER YOUR WORK OUT
We now know that a short 10-minute (Swedish-style) massage helps reduce inflammation and recovery time after a hard-core workout. It does this by boosting the amount of a protein called PGC-1alpha which aids the production of new organelles inside cells that are crucial for muscle energy generation and endurance.
If you have muscular pain, massage is proven to help you feel and function better. The benefits of massage have been proven to be as functional to pain relief as treatments such as medication, exercise and acupuncture.
Do you suffer from migraines or headaches? These can be alleviated also thanks to massage. A “regular rubdown can reduce a person’s number of migraines”, according to WebMD.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE …
Massage can also:
- Aid joint flexibility
- Increase blood, lymphatic and metabolic systems
- Help eliminate toxins
- Improve skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Help you sleep
- Lessen anxiety and depression
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Seaweed is the plant world’s most powerful antioxidant, containing vitamins, minerals and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations to help protect your skin against free radicals.
It can also help reduce the signs of ageing by toning, smoothing, moisturising and stimulating skin cells, and aid in treating skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne.
A VOYA spa experience is uniquely beneficial and deeply relaxing.
The good news is that from mid-October our spa treatments will be available in New Zealand for the first time.
Watch this space to find out more and book yourself in for some well-deserved me-time.