5 Reasons You Should get a Massage Regularly

5 Reasons You Should get a Massage Regularly

I know how difficult it can be to make time for a massage. I have a massage once a month. When booking my session, I used to question whether or not I really needed it (and I’m a massage therapist!) – could I be spending my well-earned cash on something else perhaps? But over the years I have found each session builds onto the next and is so beneficial.

My monthly treatment is preventative now and keeps me from getting aches and pains from the manual massage work I do. I now find it money well spent and don’t have the doubts that I used to as I see the results. It keeps me working pain-free and feeling great at the soon to be 49! I feel more flexible and mobile now than I did in my 20’s and a lot of that I believe is down to my monthly massage treatment.

There are new studies coming out every few weeks or months now it seems, scientifically confirming what we’ve known intuitively for literally hundreds of years: Massage shouldn’t be treated so much as a luxury, but as a part of one’s wellness plan, right alongside exercise and proper nutrition.

With that said, here are five vital reasons you should book your next bodywork session in the near future with me, jane@happybeing.co.uk.

1. Massage Reduces Anxiety and Stress

It’s said that the vast majority of diseases and their complications are brought on by anxiety and stress. Massage has been proven to lower cortisol levels in the body while increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine, thus helping to alleviate the stress we suffer from day to day, and promoting perspective and clarity.

2. Massage Addresses Lower Back and Neck Pain

Massage addresses a number of musculoskeletal issues ( back/ lower limbs/ upper limbs & neck)  this is the leading cause of disability in the UK. The Health and Safety Executive have published figures for 2016/2017 507,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or longstanding in 2016/2017) 8.9 million working days were lost in the UK due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders 2016/2017. A 2016 study found that regular massage to the lower back can help alleviate pain, and it didn’t even matter whether it was sports, deep tissue or lighter Swedish massage – bodywork, in general, was helpful.

3. Massage Enhances Immunity

Sports massage, Swedish and deep tissue massage promotes the movement of lymph, the body’s natural defence system.

4. Massage Reduces the Effects of Long Hours of Desk-Sitting and Driving

The most common responses I get when I ask clients what causes them the most pain are these two things. The average worker sits 8-9 hour a day either at a computer or behind the wheel, causing shoulders to become pulled forward and rounded, upper and lower back muscles to become overstretched and weak, and that’s just what happens to the upper half of your body. Coupled with a regular exercise routine (Pilates is great!), massage can help alleviate pain, and keep those postural deviations in check.

5. Massage Helps Athletes Prepare and Recover from Events

Many of us aren’t just exercising regularly these days, but challenging ourselves with athletic events from a 10km, half marathon, marathon to Iron Man competitions. Massage to help recover from these events is great but even better is incorporating it into your wellness program leading up to the big event and post the big event. It will help reduce muscle soreness and tightness and keep joints mobile and flexible. Helping you go for that PB.

If you have any questions or would like to book a massage get in touch with jane@happybeing.co.uk

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