16 August 2021 - Advice
For many, massage is seen as a treat or luxury, however, it is actually a necessity that your body requires on a regular basis. The more often you receive massage, the easier it will be for you to maintain good health. Massage is more than relaxation and is beneficial to many vital systems in your body.
1. Manage pain
Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Massage helps to relieve and reduce pain by interfering with the body’s pain signal pathways, releasing endorphins, removing waste products and increasing blood circulation.
2. Lower stress
Massage therapy may decrease stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches by lowering heart rate, promoting relaxation and simulating the release of feel good hormones.
3. Increase immune function
Massage therapy can help boost the immune system by increasing the number of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease. It can also reduce inflammation which is associated with conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and depression.
4. Boost mental health and wellness
Regular massage has been found to reduce depression and anxiety levels by triggering the release of dopamine and serotonin – neurotransmitters which help stimulate feelings of relaxation and happiness, as well as regulate mood.
We are specialists sports and relaxation massage in Belfast and treat a range of professional and amateur athletes. At Fit For Life NI Belfast, we include massage as part of our integrated treatment to ensure muscular symptoms are targeted from every angle. Massage also offers an after-care preventative approach to ensure pain does not reoccur.
We combine hands-on approaches with rehabilitation programs and self-help schemes to help reduce pain and stress, increasing levels of flexibility and improve muscular performance.
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