A massage is not only an incredible relaxing experience, but it also provides a number of health benefits too, here we take a look at them. 

Here are the health benefits you get from a massage

Here are the health benefits you get from a massage

Jennifer Goldsworthy, LMT, founder and owner of Bristol’s ShenMindBody,believes that massage is one of the most important things one should treat themselves to on a regular basis.

Jennifer says:  “Massage is an investment in one’s health.  The body is the most amazing engineered piece of equipment ever created or formed.  It’s crazy to think one’s bicycle, closet or car receives more attention.”

Here are ShenMindBody’s top ten reasons massage is important to the body and mind.

1.       Reduces anxiety.  (As a natural deep relaxant, a successful massage can significantly reduce anxiety. Usually, anxiety is stored in some key areas of the body; the lower back, shoulders, abdomen, and neck. By relieving these areas of tension, the mind can 'let go' of anxiety and experience a light, almost freeing sensation.) 2.       Can manage chronic migraines, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tight neck and shoulders.  3.       Can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins. 4.       Reduces/eliminates exercise-induced pain.  Regular massage can increase endurance, control muscle and physical fatigue.  It can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste.  5.       Helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally by promoting well nourished and healthy skin. 6.       Improves:  
  • circulation of blood
  • immune system functioning
  • energy flow
  • general relaxation while reducing muscular tension
  • sleep
7.        Can lead to deeper and mindful breathing.  Conscious, deep breathing is important to ensure that oxygen circulates easily throughout your body, and encourages healing and growth in the process. (Note:  decreased oxygen circulation results in headaches, tension aches, and random muscle pain that can accumulate into a significant problem over time. By enhancing your oxygen intake, you will naturally promote the release of toxins and negative energy within the body.) 8.       Can improve posture as the spine and muscles around the spine become more flexible and supple.  9.       Increases and promotes joint flexibility.  (Repetitive stress or overused joints can stunt growth and create problems later. Massage helps to relieve stored tension and encourages flexibility of the joints after rest. Any soreness experienced after a massage can be indication that these are tension spots for you, and focusing on these areas on your next massage will increase joint recovery.) 10.   Enhances a calm mind and promotes mental alertness.  Massage encourages a calm mind, which creates an avenue for creativity; it is during these times that our minds are most conducive to creative thinking, developing plans, organising thoughts, and reducing stressful thoughts. Massage can encourage this state of mind by relaxing the entire body

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