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Massage Benefits

Soothing music is playing, you can smell a hint of lavender, your mind wanders to a beautiful holiday scene and your entire body is completely relaxed. These are some of the awesome massage benefits you get if you take the time to go and get pampered!

So why do we all need massages in the first place? In our lives we experience stress from our everyday surroundings and interactions. This can take a physical toll on our bodies if we don’t get a release, because our muscles tend to hold onto stress. Stress can be a good thing, that is, it can be an indicator that we need to pay attention to and address a particular issue that is coming to the surface in our lives. However if we don’t get good at learning how to effectively release that stress, eventually the normal functioning of our muscles may be inhibited because they perform best when supple and flexible, not tense and tightened.

The obvious benefit of massage is that it can provide an immediate feeling of relaxation and this is because it prompts the brain to release chemicals called endorphins making you feel calm and at peace. These wonderful little chemicals act like the body’s natural pain killer. Other physical, mental, emotional affects you might experience through having regular massage are;-

• Improvement to circulation by getting the blood flowing

• Lymphatic system gets stimulated and helps your body eliminate the toxins more effectively

• Sense of wellbeing and mental alertness are heightened

• Aids in better digestion functioning

There are various massage techniques to choose from including;-

• Swedish - one of the most popular specifically with relaxation as the key goal

• Reflexology - massage of the feet in order to assist other parts of the body to heal

• Sports - often involves deeper tissue massage to help the muscle recovery from over use

• Shiatsu - promotes healing with a blend of finger pressure and palm stretches and is of oriental roots

It is not always easy for people to enjoy a massage, especially if they are highly sensitive or shy to touch. I find for the best results to breathe deeply and slowly throughout the session so that your mind and body are triggered into slowing down and really feeling the sense of wellbeing available through this wonderful practice.

I challenge you to go out and get yourself a regular massage and truly start to experience some of these simple and lasting benefits in your own lives just as I have!

Your stories, comments and feedback always welcome.


Street Talk

I love a good massage. I'm lucky my dad is a massage therapist and all our family can enjoy the benefits. I think everyone can benefit and it's simply a matter of finding a practitioner you feel comfortable with and a type of massage you feel works for you. Enjoyed your article C4men.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Cheers Heather, sounds as though you have a good set up there, nice one.

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  about 7 years ago
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