The marvels of massage
The benefits of massage have been acknowledged for thousands of years with the ancient civilisations of China, Egypt, India and the original Olympians in Greece - all putting into practice and extolling the virtues of the basics of therapeutic touch. It is believed that reflexology was first used by the Egyptians circa 2500 B.C.
If we fast forward to the often pent-up stressed-out modern-day existence that many of us find ourselves leading, we see the trend for massage therapy being embraced further and with good result.
There have been an increasing number of research studies across several fields including psychology, medicine, nursing and kinesiology (the study of how the muscles perform and coordinate to move the body) which have sought to measure the therapeutic value of massage. The overall consensus is that massage can prove highly beneficial in both generating and maintaining a positive sense of physical and mental well-being. In Australia massage is categorised as a complementary therapy with many national health funds now making provisions for generous rebates on certain forms of massage therapy.
The benefits of massage
- Improved circulation, thereby assisting the transport of oxygen and nutrients more effectively around the body
- Reduced blood pressure and heart rate which may, in turn, decrease feelings of anxiety or depression
- Aids relaxation and combats fatigue yet enhances levels of concentration
- Promotes good lymphatic flow which speeds up the elimination of toxins
- Provides relief from pain as a result of musculoskeletal injuries
- Ability to boost the immune system and hinder the ageing process
- Enhances skin tone and muscle suppleness
- Overall makes you feel wonderful!
The feel-good factor produced by having a massage is the result of endorphins and serotonin that are automatically triggered when experiencing the healing touch. This makes massage an excellent form of natural pain relief, as well as restoring a more balanced mood.
Massage is not simply a luxurious treat but can prove to be an effective form of complementary treatment for certain ailments or clinical predispositions. There are numerous types of massage such as Swedish, remedial, hot stone, Thai, Shiatsu, deep tissue etc.
Surrender your stress and allow yourself to be indulged. It'll do you the world of good!
Written by Cassandra Duell.
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