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There is no feeling more relaxing than having a massage. If you have never had a professional massage before you are seriously missing out. Read on to discover all you need to know about the health benefits of a massage and how to prepare yourself for this treatment.
But first, let’s begin by discussing the history of the massage. Massages have been around for thousands and thousands of years. In the ancient world, massages have been referenced in relation to all of the following locations; China, Rome, Japan, Greece, Egypt, India, and the Arabic nations. During the Renaissance period, Europe caught up with the trend and then it wasn’t until the 1850s when America embraced this treatment.
But, let’s shut the history books and focus on the benefits that can be gained by having a massage. So, why should you have a massage?
• Relaxation – Most of us don’t make time to look after number one. Can you remember the last time you relaxed? If not, it’s time to book a massage! Relaxation and pampering are important for your physical and mental wellbeing.
• Lower blood pressure – Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure are often advised to have regular massages. By lowering your blood pressure you will keep stress hormone levels under control, lower depression and anxiety, and decrease your chances of having a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure.
• Improve circulation – When experiencing a massage the pressure that is being applied will move blood through congested areas. Naturally, new blood flows in and your body functioning improves.
• Relieve Stress – People seem to be much more stressed in the modern day. It’s important to know how to manage stress as it can easily end up spiraling out of control. Massages help to minimise stress by reducing insulin levels, cortisol, and heart rate.
• Improve posture – Massages help to reinforce natural and healthy movements. This is particularly beneficial for those who have bad posture.
• Easier breathing – Constricted breathing is something that is very much related to the earlier point regarding stress. Massages promote deeper and easier breathing because they teach the body how to relax.
• Improve flexibility – Last but not least, the final benefit you can expect to gain by having regular massages is an improvement in flexibility. This is because a massage helps to keep joints more fluid. As a result, you will be less prone to injuries as well.
Know you now all of the benefits you will gain when having a massage. If you are pregnant, some forms of massage will not be suitable. Speak to the expert at your prenatal course to find out about the massages they advise, as they are beneficial for pregnant women so long as you get the right one.
Finally, it’s important to know about preparing for your massage treatment. Don’t wear any lotions on the day of your treatment and don’t shave on the morning of your massage as this can make your skin extremely sensitive. Furthermore, a little bit of light stretching beforehand can be very beneficial. If you are unsure regarding anything else, simply ask your massage therapist.