When thinking about massage therapy, the first benefit that usually comes in mind is the blissful relaxation that you experience after the treatment. The movements and the pressure applied by the therapist facilitate relief and healing from tension and pain, promoting a deep feeling of calm and well-being.
Therefore, it might sound a bit surprising the fact that massage acts as a powerful energy boost as well. If you are curious to know how massage therapy can make you feel more energetic and invigorated, read below the top reasons why listed by our team in Chiswick:
- Improves mood The Romans used to say “mens sana in corpore sano” (healthy mind in a healthy body): mental well-being is as, if not more, important as physical health in order to feel energetic. It has been scientifically proven that receiving regular massages decreases the levels of cortisol, also called the “stress hormone”, and increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are known as the “happiness hormones”. With the stress hormone levels kept in check, the endocrine system can reach a more balanced state and this helps feel more positive and serene.
- Enhances blood circulation. Poor circulation can bring a variety of discomforts, including pooling of the fluid in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue and aching created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Damaged, tense muscles require oxygen-rich blood in order to heal, which is only possible with good circulation. The pressure and the movements applied by the therapist during a deep tissue massage help blood circulation flow, so that organs receive more oxygen and nutrients while toxins and waste products are more easily flushed out. As a result, you feel lighter and invigorated.
- Promotes mobility and flexibility. Massage therapy promotes body mobility and flexibility. In particular, sports massage helps loosen shortened, tense muscle tissues and sooth sore joints by increasing the elasticity of hard tissues. This improves overall mobility and flexibility and it also reduces pain in the body, making it easier to be active. Massage helps minimise and prevent injuries as well by promoting a good lubrication of joints and reducing swell and inflammation. Furthermore, it decreases the recovery time between workouts, especially following longer sessions, enhancing the training performance.
- Boosts immune system. When we are healthy, it feels more natural to be energetic and vital. Many scientific studies have proven that receiving a deep tissue massage can increase the number of lymphocytes (the blood cells that defend the body from diseases), decrease the number of cytokines (molecules that cause inflammation) and lower the levels of cortisol, the aforementioned hormone associated to stress. Stress and immune defences are, indeed, inversely related: the higher the first, the less our body is ready to fight diseases. A professional massage like the ones we offer in our Chiswick centre is not only useful to relieve the stress, but also it cleanses your body and help balance its chemistry, which are important factors contributing to boost the immune system and the energy levels.
If you are curious to know more about how massage therapy can enhance your energy levels, or are wondering which treatment would suit best your needs, do not hesitate to contact us: our team in Chiswick is happy to answer any queries, provide advice and assist with bookings. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our clinic!