If you have ever had one, you’ll already know all about the benefits of a massage. Not only do they feel incredible, they have a lot of natural healing ability.
They are the perfect remedy for a stressed soul, offering total relaxation and release. Massages help you enjoy a deeper, more restorative sleep and as the stress hormone cortisol is banished and replaced by serotonin, they help relieve stress and anxiety, fight depression, and give your brain the positive boost it deserves.
But for many, these may all seem like psychological benefits. Are there any actual real benefits for the body?
Effects on the body
Research published in the Science Translational Medicine journal found that actually, yes, there were lots of great body benefits to the massage. In fact, even just 10 minutes of massage after a workout could have powerful, long-lasting effects.
After pushing participants to work at their maximum effort on stationary bikes until exhaustion, the study then had a massage performed on just one leg of each subject. In analysing the results on the massaged leg compared with the one left to recover on its own, the effects were startling.
The massaged leg had dramatically reduced inflammation in the muscles, and was showing immediate signs of recovery and healing. Inflammation is a leading factor in arthritis later in life.
Signals from the brain
During a workout, muscles are pushed and the brain’s response to this pressure is to inflame them. When you stretch and massage them afterwards, the brain feels a different stimulus, and thus, sends different chemical and nerve messages to the stimulated area.
One of these signals instructs the muscle to build more mitochondria, which is vital to the healing process. Tissue around the muscle is also stimulated, and the nervous system is encouraged to trigger a relaxed response and the lymph system process, which removes waste toxins from the body.
Other powerful benefits
Beyond these results, countless other studies have shown how massages can be extremely beneficial to the body. They can:
- Lower blood pressure after a stressful event
- Slow down heart rate after a workout
- Provide natural pain relief
- Boost your immune system
- Reduce headaches and migraines
If you can get all these benefits from just a 10 minute massage, think what wonders an hour of a soothing, relaxing massage with our expert therapists could do for you!
Contact The Spa at Hale Country Club on 0161 904 5930 to book your next massage today.