We all know that massage on the whole feels fantastic, especially when you have a professional like the excellent therapists we have here at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda in Guildford and Walton-Upon-Thames. The reasons we decide to book a massage range from stress relief, pain management or simply a luxury treat but massage therapy can actually act as an important part of our healthcare.
De-stress and Delight
It is estimated that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related, which also contributes to ageing faster. Removing anxiety regularly with massage, is undoubtedly one of the best techniques to maintain a more relaxed state of being.
Along with decreased anxiety comes improved sleep. Improved sleep leads to reduced fatigue, greater energy levels and improved concentration and circulation.
If that wasn’t enough, massage rebalances you emotionally, with many people reporting that they had a greater sense of clarity and perspective on issues in their lives.
Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
The medical community continues to embrace massage as a supportive therapy for a whole range of things including chronic illness, neurological disorders and injuries. Massage is fast becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Hospitals will often hire on-site masseurs and even spas to treat pain ridden or post surgery patients as a part of healing.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.
Physiologically it’s also known that massage trigger chemical changes within the body as a response to the stimulated nervous system. This can have a profound effect on chronic illness such as sufferers of arthritis noting fewer aches and less stiffness. Asthmatic sufferers show better pulmonary function and peak air flow is increased. Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching and anxiety. People with high blood pressure are able to lower their diastolic blood pressure as well as the stress hormone level cortisol which in turn relieves anxiety. Women suffering with premenstrual cramps also show massive signs of relief and reduced water retention.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease). Additionally, it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV.
Sitting too long
“Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress and more often than not that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.” People who have pain and weakness as a result of prolonged periods of sitting should be especially wary. Fortunately massage can certainly help counteract the imbalances caused from postural stress.
Next time you suffer from a headache or migraine, try booking in a last minute massage. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches
And if that wasn’t enough?
Here’s a further list of the benefits of massage:
- Improve range of motion in the spine and ease low-back pain
- Reduce medication dependence
- Stimulate the lymph flow, enhancing overall immunity
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts and Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
- Skin health and appearance can be greatly improved simply down to increased oxygen flow, also promoting tissue regeneration which reduces scar tissue and stretch marks
- Increase joint flexibility
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
- Improves circulation, via pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
- Alleviate post-surgery adhesions and swelling
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve migraine pain
Here at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda, we offer 10 different styles of massage with varying purposes and benefits but they all share one thing in common – they feel amazing and will leave you in a deeply blissful state. We use a variety of Aveda products, such as our delicious composition oils and our famous Stress Fix Formula as well as specially blended essential oils and creams to suit your personal skin needs. All of these can be purchased in store at Mary Ann Weeks.
Make it a regular thing
Self care via massage can really help no end. The joy of massage is not only does it feel great, it also serves you in a huge variety of ways. Regularly scheduled self-care and play a large part in how healthy you are overall and how youthful you’ll remain as time passes. Investing in regular massage truly is a way of taking care of yourself in the long term. Consider massage appointments as important as all your other self care needs!
So book in at Mary Ann Weeks Guildford on 01483 306655 and pop in to 167 High Street or come along to Mary Ann Weeks Walton-Upon-Thames Unit 55, The Heart (on Hepworth way), KT12 1GH Tel. 01932 240 856 and let us help you sink into pure bliss.