How to prevent dis-ease with Massage Therapy, by Donna Elsey

Whether it is a muscle spasm, back pain, sinus headache, or any other debilitating physiological condition, Massage Therapy, when administered by a trained professional, is highly effective for pain relief.  But once your therapist has helped you to address the pain, do you quit calling?  When the pain is gone, are you gone too?

Of course being pain free is often the primary goal when meeting with a Massage Therapist or other bodywork practitioner for the first time.  But the true benefits of Massage Therapy will have only just begun.  Much like eating well, exercising, and avoiding smoking are all proven contributors in preventing dis-ease in our bodies, regular Massage Therapy treatments can have the same positive impacts.

The NHS says psychological problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, are behind one in five visits to a GP.  Stress can play a part in physiological problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, skin conditions, arthritis, the list could go on.  We experience stress on a constant and daily basis whether it’s emotional stress, like planning a wedding, or physiologically, like poor posture from sitting at a desk all day. 

Fortunately, we don’t have to endure stress! Studies have shown us that one of the benefits of regular massage therapy is reduction in stress.  This is due to stimulation placed on the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest system), and increase circulation which can help to flush away toxins that are fatiguing the body.  The more regular the massage treatments, the better your body responds and “lets go” of the stresses accumulated between each visit.  Which means, the more you receive massage, the less frequently you will need to. 

In order to counter the frequency in which one experiences stress and really promote overall improved well-being, I recommend a full body massage at least once or twice a month.  As I tell my clients, 1 hour massage therapy session is one of few, if not the only, circumstance when seeking health and wellness care that the person caring for you is giving you a full 60 minutes of their undivided hands on attention, where their sole focus is to help you to be the healthiest version of yourself.

In our fast paced modern world that we now live in, reducing hours of work or avoiding stressful situations, may be almost impossible.  Fortunately, you don’t have to throw away your worldly possessions and relocate to a mountaintop somewhere, you can come to Fulham Massage & Wellness for your regular dose of stress relief.

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