When we think of our health and well-being, we’re all well versed in the need to eat well, stay active and exercise. Many of us also take supplements and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and make sure we have the right balance of vitamins and minerals in our systems. But there are other things we can do to help ourselves feel and look our best. One of these is investing in Massage. Here are just a few of the many health benefits it can bring you.
Are you feeling anxious, tense and knotted up? It can help loosen all your muscles up and bring a feeling of relaxation. Especially if it is combined with the use of essential oils like lavender or rose. Published studies have shown that massage therapy can be as effective as popping pain relieving medications like codeine and ibuprofen, when targeting muscle pain brought on by stress. Not only that, it can help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression caused by anxiety too. The simple act of human touch, and skin upon skin contact is soothing and relaxing.
An Immunity Booster
Massage can play a vital role in boosting your body’s immunity. Studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine have discovered that regular therapy involving such techniques can actually help increase your white blood cell count. It’s highly recommended for people who have conditions such as HIV or Leukemia.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, it can give real relief from some of the symptoms and side effects, especially if they have been brought on by tension. Using simple sweeping finger techniques, combined with essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus can clear the head and free it from muscular pain. When therapy like this is undertaken on a regular basis it can actually help decrease the severity of headaches over time.
Tired of not being able to sleep properly at night? Regular therapy like this can aid your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep every night. In the same way a warm bath or shower before bed can release muscle tension, keep your body at the right temperature and make you feel ready for slumber, it also has the same benefits. It’s highly recommended for new born babies and mums as a way to bond – and for them both to get a good night’s rest.
If you’d never thought about this as something that could aid your all round well-being, you might want to think again. It’s benefits are manifold.