Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don't realize exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation!

Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don't realize exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation!

It may simply look like a lot of pressing and kneading on skin, but massage is actually a scientific process. The reason you feel different after a massage is because it is healing and invigorating tired, aching or injured muscles. Pretty much everyone will benefit from a massage!

Why should I give massage a try?

  • Massage Increases the blood's oxygen capacity by 10-15%
  • Helps loosen contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak muscles.
  • Improves posture and promotes more efficient movement;
  • Speeds recovery from exercise and reduces fatigue;
  • Increases production of gastric juices, saliva and urine;
  • It increases metabolic rate.
  • Balances the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, 
  • Improves function of the oil and sweat glands that lubricate, clean and cool the skin. 
  • dramatically aids lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins.

What are the benefits of receiving a massage alongside other health professionals?

A quick 30-minute massage before your Physio, ex phys or acupuncture appointment will dramatically improve the quality of your treatment. Having a massage prior to any of these professions will enable your muscles to be lengthened, relaxed and functioning correctly, therefore enabling your body to reap maximum benefits.

Will getting a massage frequently be good for my health?

Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

 

Emily Smyth
GO2 Massage Therapist

 

 

 

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