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5 Benefits of Regular Massage

5 Benefits of Regular Massage

Most people would agree that massage makes them feel good afterwards. But do you know the benefits of getting a regular massage can be on your overall wellbeing? (Regular can be as much as once a week, or as little as once every 2-4 weeks). Here are just 5 of the benefits you could expect to experience as a result of massages.

Massage focuses on releasing trigger points, stretching and elongating muscles and breaking down adhesions. A therapist can focus on specific areas that are stiff, injured or sore on your body. By increasing the blood flow to the tissues and releasing the tension, massage helps to alleviate the pain you are feeling now, and can help to support faster recovery as well.

Did you know massage can actually help to give you more healthy and toned skin? Through increasing circulation under the skin via massage, this increased circulation can actually help the cell regeneration and skin nutrition cycle leaving it more supple and soft.

Many people are using massage as a way to help them get a better night’s sleep, and we all know how important a good night sleep is to our overall health. Massage not only  helps to lower your stress cortisol hormones, but also relaxes your muscles, and this combination will help you get to sleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

Stress can be useful in short bursts, but prolonged stress has detrimental effects on our health and wellbeing. Massage can provide a greater feeling of calm and relaxation after the treatment. The soothing and flow movements and benefits of massage encourage the release of endorphins. Endorphins are our ‘feel-good’ chemicals and therefore cancel out the stress we may have felt before the massage. Unfortunately, for some of us this may not last as long as others, so regular massages to keep stress at bay may be just what the doctor ordered!

Injuries and stress can cause your vessels to shrink and inhibit circulation. This causes stiffness, aches and muscle tension around the joints. Massage actually stimulates circulation back into these stiff areas, ultimately releasing the muscle tension around those joints. Reduced stiffness means greater muscle function which in turn will help with your everyday life mobility, or even sports performance.

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