Updated: Jan 14
Gone are the days when a massage is seen as something of a luxury, now we understand that it is an important part to our health and wellbeing.
The majority of us know what a massage is and what it may entail. In a nutshell, it is the ‘physical handling of the muscles including the ligaments, tendons and connective tissue’ (NWHSU). Many of us will experience a massage at some point during our life and for various reasons. It may be to reduce stress, anxiety, relax muscles and relieve pain or to promote an overall sense of health and well-being.
Here are three good reasons why you should get a massage.
1). Relieves stress and anxiety. The impact stress has on our bodies can cause serious health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Stress can affect the way we think and feel. It can also cause us to become angry very quickly or lack focus. Pressure at work, meeting deadlines at university, or not getting enough rest can lead to stress, when we are stressed we tend to breath faster which can have an impact on the nervous system. ‘Three quarters of the population in the UK have been affected by stress’ which has resulted in us going to see the Doctor (NHS). Research has shown that having a massage will help us to de stress by increasing our serotonin and dopamine levels.
2). Reduces pain. When we are in pain it is very difficult to concentrate on anything else and carry out day to day tasks normally. Our ability to function properly reduces, the muscles become tense, restricting the flow of oxygen and nutrients. Massage will help to increase blood circulation allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow freely and therefore relaxing and warming our muscles. Massage also helps with lymphatic drainage allowing toxins to be released from the body.
It is always recommended that the pain you are experiencing especially if it is constant, should be evaluated by a Doctor in order to rule out any underlying health problems. Massage can involve varying degrees of pressure, certain forms of massage, particularly deep tissue may be quite painful. It is important to let your therapist know what pressure you would prefer, because having a massage does not have to be painful in order to be therapeutic and most importantly it needs to be an enjoyable experience for you.
3). Good for your health and well being. If we have had a stressful day at work or busy at home with the kids, a massage will help to calm the nervous system, lower your blood pressure and increase endorphins which are a natural chemical found in our body that helps us to feel good, resulting in us being relaxed and having an overall sense of calm and wellbeing.
Taking care of your health should be an important factor in your life while incorporating, exercise, good eating habits, relaxation and omitting unnecessary stress. If we can switch off from certain pressures and set some time for ourselves to have a massage it will do wonders for our health and well being. There are so many benefits to having a massage that it should be given consideration to be made available on the NHS which would in the long term help many people to improve specific health problems.