The hidden benefits of therapeutic massage

Do you believe that  therapeutic massage is just some fluffy woo woo thing that bored people do to fill in time?  If so, you may be surprised that the great Greek Doctor Hippocrates actually prescribed healing massages to his patients!   He said:

The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.

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Our bodies retain emotional stress in our muscle memory – if you’ve got tense muscles, unexplained aches, headaches or feel off balance, then it’s time to book a massage.  Here are 3 other benefits of regular massage:

Stress reduction

Touch therapy stimulates the release of nature’s happy chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins relieve pain and stress and create the aptly named Runners High.  After over 18 months of social isolation, we all crave hands on healing  touch.  Massage warms the tissues and creates a soothing effect, allowing tense muscles to relax and enjoy a sense of wellbeing.

Pressure point massage releases blocked energy channels, stimulating the nervous system and helping to reduce depression and alleviate anxiety. Treatments such as Acupressure or Indian Head massage or Tibetan Bon facial massage are helpful for tension headaches and eye strain. Many acupressure points also offer anti-ageing, facelift properties!

And many insomniacs swear by their monthly massage to help them sleep better.

Improved blood circulation and lymphatic flow

Our body’s lymphatic system is one giant waste removal process. Increased lymphatic circulation speeds up the body’s natural elimination process, boosts energy levels and waste removal. Massage assists lymph drainage which excretes unwanted toxins from the body, meaning your body can start to do its job properly again.

Massage movements such as tapotement stimulate sensory nerve endings and increase blood circulation throughout the area. This increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to the area and speeds up removal of carbon dioxide and improves lymphatic drainage. This is why your skin looks healthier after a massage!  Massage also boosts your immune function, so consider it as part of your Staying Healthy routine!

Yes a regular massage will help your skin look better. In fact, if your therapist uses organic cold-pressed oils, you will receive a nourishing vitamin treatment at the same time.  The act of massaging also removes dead skin cells, so your skin will feel like it can ‘breathe’ better afterwards. As a therapist, it’s easy to know when somebody does not exfoliate their back often – during massage the dead skin cells flake off.

Improved wellbeing

Massage has been used to improve the quality of life of those with fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, back pain and digestive issues.  Massage also helps normalise blood pressure, reduce migraines and improving muscle flexibility.

Many sportspeople have weekly or fortnightly massages to keep them in optimum condition.  But for the rest of us, monthly is an excellent option, but you can have as many as you want!

Types of massage I recommend :

An aromatherapy massage includes healing scented essential oils (such as lavender, mandarin, chamomile, vetiver) that are added to your bare skin.  You will be draped/covered with towels.  A variety of massage techniques are used.

A shiatsu massage does not include any oils and is done through your clothes so wear loose fitting trousers/leggings.   You will lay on a futon on the floor.  This is like ‘yoga for lazy people’ as one shiatsu person once told me. Your limbs will be moved/rotated  and stretched. An all over treatment.

Acupressure massage – here the therapist incorporates the energy points that acupuncturists use.  No needles used! It can be tender on certain places where there is an energy blockage.

Facial massage – this is a natural way to improve the muscles of your face without surgery or injections.  It may include gua sha, cupping or jade rollers.

Indian Head Massage – this is done for the scalp, neck and shoulders – supremely relaxing. Scented oils are used and hair oiling is often offered as an extra.

Massage in Kingsbridge TQ7

Aromatherapy, and facial massage available by appointment £60 for a 75 minute appointment (includes consultation, essential oils and aftercare advice)