You must have had those long days or weeks recently and just feel like you need to take a hot shower and relax… Yeah, we’ve all been there. While hot showers and relaxations are really nice, you should also remember to get a massage, and I’ll quickly tell you why.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This is because massages prompt the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced.
Research shows that high level of stress hormones can have negative effect on the immune system. You wouldn’t want that, would you? No… Great, then get a massage today!
Here are some of the physical benefits of getting a massage:
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Reduced muscle rigidity
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
Now that you’ve decided to get a massage, here are some different types of massages to consider for specific purposes:
Myotherapy Massage: This involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain, injuries and dysfunctions affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied to restore and maintain the health and function of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.
Remedial Massage: This is the objective assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the signs, symptoms and causes of biomechanical dysfunction or injury, using specific mobilization techniques in order to restore normal health and function.
Therapeutic Massage: This massage is also known as “Western” or “Swedish” massage. It is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage: This is a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system.
Aromatherapy Massage: For this massage, essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
Baby Massage: This massage can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.
Reflexology Massage: This massage is based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole body. Reflex points which relate to all parts of the body can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure and stimulate the body’s own natural healing process.
Shiatsu Massage: This is an oriental massage technique that aims to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body. The underlying principles of shiatsu massage are similar to those of acupuncture.
Now that you know the benefits of getting a massage, you can visit The ORÍKÌ Spa to get started on your routine. See you at the spa!