If you’re thinking of a way to aid mindfulness and improve your wellbeing, there is no better place to start than an expert massage. We all have stress – family, work, pain, even the news – and it can be difficult to know how to help ourselves. Massage is a wonderful way to switch off, settle your mind and deal with painful tissue or joints.
Over the years there have been countless studies on the effects of massage on our physical and mental health. Most of us don’t need to know why something helps – just that it does. There are plenty of ways that massage benefits us all: here are just five of the most popular.
1. Help beat stress
Taking the time to look after yourself can be difficult, especially if you are struggling with stress or depression. But it really is essential. Studies have shown that there is a “stress hormone”, called cortisol. Massage is proven to reduce these hormone levels. This can have a positive impact on your blood pressure and help your feeling of wellbeing. If you are suffering with depression, you can benefit from a relaxing massage which increases your serotonin and dopamine. Looking after number one helps you to look after those around you, after all.
2. Boost your immune system
It’s that time of year when a lot of us feel like we are constantly ill. Having a permanent cold or lack of energy makes it difficult to get on with the important things in life. There is excellent evidence that massage boosts your production of white blood cells – improving your immune system and helping you to fight those endless bugs. Book in for an aromatherapy massage and feel the essential oils helping to clear your airways, as well as deal with the aches and pains that come with feeling unwell.
3. Reduce the pain from exercise
If you’re someone that regularly feels tightness or pain after exercising, you will benefit from regular massage. A deep tissue massage helps reduce inflammation caused from impact, and helps you recover from injury more quickly. All of that gets you back out there, moving your body which helps your mental health.
4. Benefit chronic pain relief
Chronic pain can impact your mind just as much as your body. Many people with chronic pain also feel depressed as your body limits your ability to function in the everyday world. Thousands of us suffer from chronic lower back pain, which can be greatly relieved by deep tissue massage. A number of chronic pain symptoms can be relieved by massage treatment. The key is regular massage therapy to ease muscle and joint pain, as well as improving sleep quality.
5. Improve skin condition
It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable if you have acne or dry skin conditions on your back. It’s not something that people talk about a lot, and it is difficult to treat by yourself but thankfully, there is a treatment called a “detoxifying backcial”, or back facial. It actually doesn’t involve any massage at all but it’s a facial done on the back, which can be used to sterilise, heal and hydrate the skin. Just a few backcial treatments will improve your skin and boost your confidence for the upcoming summer!
Visit West One MYB to view our range of massage treatments. Why not book in for a pampering package, to include a full body massage alongside a facial or manicure to leave you feeling revitalised and de-stressed. We can help advise you on the right treatment for your circumstances, in case you are feeling confused by the options. Take some time for self-care and you – and everyone around you – will see real benefits.