For many people, getting a massage is considered something of a luxury, an indulgence that your partner may gift you for Valentine’s Day or your birthday or a spa pamper session that you save up for to indulge in.
A massage in our fast-paced modern world is more a necessity than it is a one-off treat. It offers numerous health-boosting benefits that keep you well and strong, particularly in the winter months, when we are exposed to more stressors through the cold and elements. Regular massage is also a strong preventative measure to ensure that you keep a range of ailments at bay, while you stay well and healthy. In fact, a regular massage can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself to stay well.
Most of us know that a regular (and I emphasize a REGULAR massage) helps to ease muscular aches and pains, sports-related injuries or those symptoms that are stress-related. In doing so, it creates a deeper sense of relaxation that can be experienced long after the treatment has ended.
Massage boosts Circulation
One of the most important benefits of a regular massage is the boost it offers our circulation or blood flow. Why is this important? Our blood transports important nutrients and oxygen to our cells, inner organs, skin, muscles and joints. Blood also transports waste products from our liver, kidneys and intestines to ensure effective elimination and minimise toxic build up. During the colder months, everything contracts and this can mean that we experience a myriad of aches and pains. For example, if you suffer from arthritis, you may have noticed that your joints are stiffer and the pain you experience is more intense. A regular massage boosts circulation and ensure improved blood flow.
Strengthens the Immune System
The immune system helps us fight off infection, bacteria and other illnesses, many of which we are more vulnerable to in the winter months. Massage helps to keep our immune system strong by promoting more effective lymph flow. Lymph is a fluid that is transported via the complex lymphatic system, and its role is to carry white blood cells which help to fight off infections and bacteria, and to help eliminate waste. An effective lymphatic system is essential to a strong immune system and more importantly during winter.
Massage Improves skin tone
In addition, a regular massage improves skin tone. As massage therapy boosts circulation and oxygen flow to the cells, it naturally helps nourish the skin. Our massage therapists only use practitioner-grade massage oils, which are rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help nourish and feed the skin.
Treating low moods in Winter
During winter, many of us experience lower moods. This can be the result of many factors. We tend to feel aches and pains more when the temperature drops. We also are more likely to experience stiffer joints, tighter muscle tension and general low moods
Like nature, we tend to slow down during the winter months and this can result in feelings of depression. Regular massage can help improve mood, reduce anxiety and promote a deep sense of relaxation. By relieving pain, massage can go a long way in easing both the physical and emotional discomfort connected to pain.
If you have an injury or ailment that you need treatment for, we suggest weekly sessions for up to 6 treatments. This of course will vary from person to person, depending on the injury, one’s age, whether other conditions exist and the capacity of each individual to recover.
Once the condition has been addressed, we recommend regular sessions at either fortnightly, monthly or six-weekly intervals. You can discuss this with your massage therapist to determine the best options for you.
Written by Rosa Ghidella