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The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Are you feeling guilty about pampering yourself with a massage?  Does it seem too self-indulgent?  Actually, you should certainly not feel guilty by answering “Yes” because by treating yourself to a regular massage you will reap the rewards of many profound health benefits it generates in our lives.  Massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your wellness routine.

Massage therapy has been used as a therapeutic measure for generations, and across cultures around the world.   Although different types of massage techniques are designed to target specific areas, dysfunctions, and promote natural healing processes, there are some distinctive benefits that can be received from regular massage.  Physical benefits range from improved circulation, lower stress levels, and increased flexibility in tense muscles.  Mental benefits include: a calm mind, increased awareness, better focus and concentration, and increased alertness. 

Sometimes our days seem to be so filled with work and other commitments that it can be hard to make space for our most important relationship.  Massage gives you an opportunity to spend some quiet time with your partner, without the TV, radio or other distractions.   

Being able to relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep is one of nature’s best stress cures.  While we are under stress we need more sleep, but this is when we are most likely to experience sleep problems.  Pursuits such as singing or painting, enjoying a long, warm aromatic bath, or eating delicious food, are all good ways of switching off in the evening.  Massage is also excellent for relaxing body and mind.  During a massage the brain waves can slow down to such an extent that you may enter a very deep state of relaxation , akin to meditation, in which mind, body and soul are recharged.

Our diet can either help or hinder our ability to cope with stress.  Stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and smoking deplete our nutritional store and contribute to stress levels.  Sugary snacks and most processed foods stimulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol, leading to swings in blood sugar and energy levels.  Opt instead for “slow release” energy found in whole foods – fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains, seeds and nuts.  Substitute herbal teas for tea and coffee and drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated.

Massage therapy is a truly powerful ally to have in your life!

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Mandy Love, Joy and Peace

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