Does massage have any purpose beyond just feeling good? Many people have cited relaxation, relieving stress and releasing muscular tension as their primary reasons for partaking in massage therapy. These reasons are, in themselves, sufficient therapeutic massage benefits to seek out, however, many individuals considering massage therapy wonder if this is all that massage is good for and indeed, could massage actually be harmful?
The good news is that massage does have a myriad of positive therapeutic benefits that extend beyond mental relaxation. The bad news is that these benefits will only apply when a massage is done correctly, and massage can be harmful when done by an inexperienced individual that lacks the correct knowledge of the body and proper techniques. The best way to avoid any harm or ill effects when considering a massage, is to do your research and ensure that you go to a reputable and well-reviewed spa with fully qualified massage therapists. At Camelot Spa Moloko, your safety and comfort is our priority and our experienced and knowledgeable therapists will be able to answer any questions you may have when booking a massage with us.
Below are 4 great therapeutic benefits that have been proven through scientific research:
Alleviating Muscle Tension and Pain
Massage has long been a proven effective therapy in alleviating muscle tension. When muscle tension (or muscular “knots”) occurs, a person’s muscle fibres tense, tighten and bunch together. This leads to poor circulation in these areas with a local buildup of waste products. During massage, the therapist manually assists in lengthening and straightening out these fibres while also increasing the local circulation in the area which assists in removing the waste products. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain. The application of heat also helps to relax the tensed muscles allowing for better penetration and improved results which is why many of our clients find our Hot Stone Massage to be especially effective for muscle tension and pain. Express Booking here!
Improving Circulation and Reducing Water Retention
Due to the manual manipulation of soft tissues that is involved with massage, it is a great therapy to increase overall blood circulation within the body. Increased circulation not only allows for more waste to be flushed from the body through the lymph drainage system but also nourishes the body with increased nutrients to the tissues with new blood flow to the area. Massage can be a very effective tool in reducing water retention or any swelling in the body. At Camelot Spa Moloko, we have found that a particularly effective treatment combination for water retention includes massage, a full body exfoliation and steam treatment. Our salt glow and rasul hydrotherapy treatment would do just the trick! Express booking here!
Strengthening the Immune System
Massage therapy not only stimulates circulation as we’ve mentioned above, but also stimulates our lymph nodes. These are glands that produce immune cells that fight disease-causing organisms in the body. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients’ white blood cell count was boosted by massage and that it also improved immune function for HIV positive individuals. If you want to start boosting your immune system at home, check out our Triple Berry Smoothie recipe here! Berries are high in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants which helps your immune system to fight disease-causing pathogens.
Improving Sleep and Reducing Fatigue
The overall relaxing effect massage has on the body and mind has shown to promote restful sleep and assist those struggling to sleep. Cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation therapy have slept better after regular massage sessions. Research from the university of Warwick has also found that infants sleep more and cry less with regular massage. If you are having trouble sleeping and need some more advice on this, don’t miss out on some secrets to a better sleep!
With all these great benefits, why wait to book a massage? Get ready to wake up fresh, energized and pain-free! Book Here to get started on your journey to wellness and pure relaxation!