Feeling stressed or anxious? Battling insomnia? Dealing with back pain or joint aches? Booking yourself a regular massage should be part of your self-care routine
Far from being just an occasional indulgence, regular massages should become part of your budget planning and monthly self-care schedule. The health benefits of spa treatments and massages are extensive, and in today’s fast-paced, highly stressed, and physically demanding world, we all need a ‘pamper prescription’.
From a gentle Swedish massage to a deep sports or trigger-point massage, your therapist will target different areas of the body, depending on your specific needs. Massage is not just for easing physical muscle or joint pain, it has a wide range of psychological benefits too.
Studies have shown that massages help decrease anxiety, which leads to better sleep and greater energy to face the challenges ahead. Massages can also help improve concentration and creativity – something we all need a healthy dose of in our day-to-day routine!
Facial massages help moisturise your skin, and improve circulation and collagen production – giving you a glorious ‘glow’ as well as boosting your self-esteem and overall skin health.
So scheduling a ‘time-out’ is not a ‘waste of time’. Self-care actually helps you manage the other aspects of your life (including work and home responsibilities) more effectively.
Pain relieving and immune boosting
Apart from the psychological benefits, the physical benefits of massages are also extensive. Treatments from skilled therapists have been shown to help ease back pain, release the tension in stressed muscles, and relieve migraine pain.
Spa treatments help your body to release endorphins (the feel-good hormones) which are the body’s natural pain killers and stress relievers.
Massages can also help improve circulation, and boost your natural immunity. They even help burn calories! Studies show that a person weighing an average of 70 kilogrammes burns 67 calories during an hour-long massage.
For expectant mothers, massages have been proven to ease labour and shorten maternity hospital stays. Many women worry about the safety of massages during pregnancy, however, if your doctor has declared your pregnancy ‘low risk’, then massages can have wonderful benefits.
Prenatal massages can help relieve muscle aches, reduce swelling, improve circulation and mobility, and help to improve your overall mood.
Spa treatments are also a wonderful way for your body to detox. Massages encourage your muscles to release toxins which have been stored up in the cells and lymphatic system. It’s always important to stay well hydrated following a massage to help your kidneys process the toxins and flush them out of your system.
You’re allowed to treat yourself! There’s no reason to feel guilty about treating yourself to a spa session on a regular basis. Releasing tension, boosting serotonin and other feel-good hormones, and allowing yourself a break from your daily responsibilities helps you to reset, rediscover your creativity, and boost your energy levels to continue reaching your goals, and building a successful life for yourself and your family.
Massages and spa treatments are good for your mind, body and soul.
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