Most of us would agree that having a massage makes us feel great, but many people don’t realise exactly how good having a regular massage, or body therapy, is for their overall health and well-being.
We all feel different after a massage and that’s because it’s a healing process for tired aching and injured muscles. Massage is great for eliminating waste and toxins from the body by increasing blood, nutrients and oxygen into the muscles. Massage also helps to loosen tight or injured muscles as well as stimulate weak muscles increasing movement in our bodies.
Massage is important for everyone, especially active sports people, as it can increase endurance, control fatigue, speed muscle recovery and eliminate lactic acid build up. One of the most important reasons we would all benefit from regular massages is stress relief. Everyone experiences stress in their lives, whether it be from work, family, stress from society, mental tension from frustration or depression. When we are stressed, hormones are released that can shrink blood vessels. This inhibits our circulation and causes our heart to work harder.
Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments. Massage works by soothing soft tissue and encouraging relaxation. Massage is especially effective in treating ‘vicious cycle’ complaints such as a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the sufferer clench the affected muscles even harder. This, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can release muscle tension and break the pain cycle.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones – such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine – are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Massage is vital for improving all aspects of our lives including:
- Stress reduction
- Enhances your metabolism
- Increase circulation
- Decreases fluid retention
- Eliminates toxins in our bodies
- Aids in muscle recovery
- Eliminates injuries.
The different types of massage and body therapies we offer at Ren Skin Health:
- Aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties; for example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
- Therapeutic – also known as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’ massage. One of the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
- Remedial – to encourage healing of injured soft tissue – such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Book in today at Ren Skin Health to start the healing process in your aching body.