The common perception of massage
Regular massage comes with a host of potential benefits, but many people only have massages sporadically.
It is one of those things we might consider if we are going on a holiday. Or possibly something that springs to mind when you start to feel pain and tension in a set of muscles.
But few people consider receiving treatments on a regular basis.
So we take a closer look at the benefits of factoring in a treatment on a regular basis.
Regular Massage has numerous health benefits
Massage is about more than just pampering yourself or recovering from injury. Although, of course, it can suffice very well in either of those instances.
Let’s take, for example, the fact that massage can help to boost your immune system and endocrine system. This isn’t just hocus pocus or wishful thinking but is backed up by scientific evidence.
In this large-scale study it was apparent that hands-on intervention can have significant benefits. Of particular interest was the fact that massage can positively change your number of lymphocytes. These, in turn, have an important role in defending the body from disease.
Another area in which regular massage can help you is in improving the quality of your sleep. The chemistry of sleep is relevant in relation to massage because it directly influences the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin. Melatonin, in turn, plays an important role in helping to regulate sleep.
And increasingly, it is becoming apparent that sleep deprivation can have an adverse effect on health. So anything that can promote regular and deep sleep has to be beneficial.
There are also believed to be positive mental health benefits associated with massage. In the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, massage therapy was believed to help to ease depression.
In addition, massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety and elevate overall mood.
This is partly due to the increase in the feel-good hormone dopamine that plays an important role in learning, memory, and positive emotions
The importance of time out
As we have already highlighted, massage has a host of benefits backed up by research. But just from a purely common sense point of view, it should not be under-estimated how valuable taking time out can be.
In the modern world, especially in a big city like London, it is possible to run from one activity to the next. Life becomes frantic and ever more challenging. Having a massage forces you to stop and fully rest. It is deeply restorative.
Of course, it is an investment. But it is an investment into one of the most important things there is, your health and your mental well-being.
So if you do live in or around the Islington (N1) area, please contact us with regard to the range of massage therapies we can offer.
We hope to see you soon.