Why Invest In Regular Massage Treatments?
- Wednesday, 12 February 2020
It’s not easy being a Londoner. The British capital is a crowded, rowdy, and frenetic place. The cost of living is sky-high, and the levels of pollution in London give New Delhi’s and Beijing’s a run for their money. Three decades of constant growth have transformed London and converted it into one of the world’s preeminent urban centres. However, this has come at a cost, and the tumult of big city living is taking its toll on the population.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Londoners are now the most stressed and dissatisfied citizens of the United Kingdom.
This is a bigger problem than most realize because stress in a big city is a serious health issue that has profound physical and mental repercussions. In fact, the NHS reports that last year close to 75% of the population felt their stress levels were unbearable, costing taxpayers over 70 million pounds!
As more and more Londoners continue to struggle with debt, insecurity, through-the-roof housing prices, unemployment, overpopulation, the burdens placed by stress and anxiety on society will begin to undermine their quality of life and erode any effort put forth towards achieving well being.
Thankfully, not all is lost, and the situation is far from futile. While it is true that money can’t buy good health, with the right tools in hand, you can significantly improve your quality of life and overall well being.
Massage is one of these tools and, when performed properly and regularly by a trained professional, it can help with the prevention and management of a wide number of health issues frequently associated with stress and anxiety.
Read on to find out how!
The Many Benefits of Massage
Ancient medical works tout the power of the massage as a form of medical treatment. In fact, many writings by doctors, philosophers, poets and historians show that cultures around the world have used some massage since the beginnings of history
Today, dozens of therapeutic massage techniques are recognized, many of which have been developed in the last 30 years. Although different techniques can be used for different purposes (relaxation, pain management, athletic functioning), the general goal is to help the body achieve or increase health and well-being.
Here are some of the most beneficial effects of massage on the human body and psyche:
Soothes The Mind: The sedative effect that massage therapy has on psychological processes has been amply demonstrated. It is important to note that these benefits are available to everyone, regardless of whether they are physically ill or healthy. Massage should never be a last resort. Massage therapy is apt for all demographics, and there is a corresponding massage and bodywork technique for every situation and every need.
Research has proven time and time again that, after only 15-20 minutes of massage, the body experiences a surge of powerful endorphins and other peptides associated with the stress response. As a result, those who receive massage therapy experience reduced anxiety, improved mood, and enhanced concentration and mental acuity.
Releases Muscle Tension: Human muscle tissue is well vascularized, meaning it is amply supplied by a network of veins and blood vessels; therefore, it is highly elastic and extensible, but susceptible to problems of tonicity, or tension.
Sometimes, when muscle tonicity increases rapidly, extremely painful cramps and spasms develop. These, in turn, can lead to pressure sores and even frozen joints. Muscle tension has also been linked to a variety of headaches.
A professional massage therapist can regulate the state of tension of your muscles by relaxing any contracted muscle groups and reactivating atonic muscles. By restoring normal tonicity, the therapist provides significant relief from any associated pain and discomfort.
Perhaps most importantly, by relieving muscle tension, a therapeutic massage can increase the longevity and overall health of the various joints of the body. This occurs because by lowering muscle tension, the massage therapist decreases the pressure that tense muscles place on the joints to which they are attached.
Detoxifies The Body: A massage is not, in and of itself, a detoxifying procedure; however, it can certainly help to detox the body. You see, one of the most significant effects that massage has on the body is that it stimulates circulation throughout the body.
As a result of this heightened blood and lymph irrigation, cell nutrient exchange improves substantially. By mobilizing these crucial bodily fluids, nutrients reach cells more efficiently, thereby helping to eliminate toxins.
The detoxifying effects of massage are especially beneficial to patients suffering from a circulatory disorder, fluid retention, cellulite, headaches, insomnia, obesity, and those who experience stressful situations on a regular basis.
Improves Homeostasis: A massage, if performed professionally, increases the circulating levels of certain mediating hormones, while decreasing the levels of others. Catecholamines, such as histamine, are involved in the contraction of smooth muscles. Adrenaline and various corticosteroids, which are produced by the adrenal cortex, heavily influence the processes of regulation and normalization that balance and give stability to these hormones; which, in turn, helps to preserve physiological constants, and creates homeostasis.
So What Does It Entail To Receive A Regular Massage?
Now that you are aware of all the potential benefits that massages have to offer, you are probably wondering how you can go about receiving one.
Well, here at Fulham Massage & Wellness, we work with each of our patients on an individual basis. This means that your treatment plan will be designed, from the ground up, to work specifically for you and your specific circumstances.
The things we will look at are your body composition, lifestyle, age, time availability, etc.
Generally speaking, you can expect to start with three sessions. These initial sessions are typically performed one week apart, followed by a single monthly top-up.
What Are You Waiting For?
One of the unfortunate side effects of big city living is that stress levels begin to creep up on you. Before you know it, your body aches all over, and your health is in free fall. Once that happens, your swimming upstream and looking at potential complications that can mire you in medical bills.
That is why body massage therapy is ideal. It is a simple yet highly effective means of protecting against the stress of modern living, without breaking the bank.
The massage therapy we provide here at Fulham Massage & Wellness can offer fast and lasting relief from chronic pain, joint stiffness, and reduced mobility. As if that weren’t enough, you can expect to experience vast improvements to your circulatory health as well as your cognitive capacity and emotional well being.
Our massages will transform your life.