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Massage: why it should be part of your Winter self care routine

Massage: why it should be part of your Winter self care routine

When some people hear a person say, “I’m going to get a massage”, they sometimes assume, they are booking in for pamper session.
That’s not entirely true. Although massage feels good, it also is good for you.

Massage therapy works in conjunction with the body’s 10 systems. These systems are;
Circulatory
Respiratory
Nervous
Muscular
Skeletal
Digestive
Endocrine (hormones)
Lymphatic, or immune system
Reproductive
Integumentary (skin, hair)

Each individual body system works in conjunction with the other body systems. And when combined with massage therapy, it enables the body to naturally detox itself during the massage.

Why is this important?

When a person is tired, run down, or over stressed, the immune system becomes compromised as it needs to work harder to support the body.

How does massage help?

Research has shown that Swedish massage can significantly strengthen the body’s lymphocytes which is a type of white blood cell that plays an important part in defending the body from disease.
Massage also causes a large decrease in Arginine Vasopressin, a hormone believed to play a role in aggressive behaviour. Massage decreases levels of cortisol which is a stress hormone, this can largely assist with stress reduction, and management as well as weight loss.

Other benefits of massage therapy include:

· Regulates the automatic nervous system activity
· Stimulates the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems
· Improves posture and joint problems
· Alleviates arthritis and sciatica pain
With the increasing pressures of life today, there has been a rise in stress related sicknesses. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce their impact.

Why not make a decision today to maintain your health through regular massage?

Lilley is a caring and compassionate massage therapist who has had over 15 years experience in this field. Lilley specialises in relaxation and therapeutic massage as well as sports and remedial massage in the treatment of various musculoskeletal pathologies.

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