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Top 9 benefits of massage

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Most people would agree that a massage makes them feel refreshed and revitalised. But many probably don’t know exactly how good a massage is for their overall health and well-being. Massage is a practice that has been around for thousands of years! The Chinese began using massage as a technique to heal the human body since 5,000 BC – so obviously we’re doing something right! So what else can massage do for you? Here are the top 10 benefits below:-

1.Reduced pain and stiffness
Massage helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue growth and repair is accelerated by proper circulation and correct stimulation. It also increases the flow of blood to joints and muscles helping to warm them up, which aids the recovery process.

2. Reduced stress
We experience all types of stress whether through work, family, environment or daily life. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure.

3. Improve circulation
The ancient Greeks believed that a massage a day was one of the best ways to ensure good health. Massage promote circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the packed areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in.

4. Increased flexibility
Massage is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and range of motion. Having a regular massage will keep your joints more fluid making them less prone to injury.

5. Releases endorphins
During massage large amounts of endorphins are released into the bloodstream which can leave you feeling calm, peaceful, and refreshed!

6. Assist in managing anxiety and depression
For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also improve anxiety and depression. Massage can often lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which affects depression.

7. Improve sleep
If you’ve ever fallen asleep on the massage table then you’d know that a good massage can help you have a healthy sleep! The relaxing effects of a massage are what assist in restoring sleep. Massage may be especially beneficial in treating sleeping problems that stem from stress, headache, pain, and muscle and joint stiffness. One session may be all it takes for you to become a massage fanatic!

8. Reduce headaches
Sometimes the last thing you need is a headache to pay you a visit! Massage can reduced the number of headaches experienced by people due to muscle relaxation, increased blood flow, and stress-reduction.

9. Boost immunity
We can all do with a boost of immunity, and massage can give us just that and way more! Massage enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow (the body’s natural defence system). Massage is a great way to improve your overall health, get in touch today to find out more .

Brenda Hill
Your Workplace Wellbeing Advocate