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  1. How Often Should You Get a Massage?

    Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be very nice. This is one of the most common questions people ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:

    Relaxation & Stress Relief – One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

    There may be times in your life where you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal. It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. When we “don’t have time” for a massage, is usually when we need one the most. Make yourself a priority even during stressful times, your health is worth it.

    If you are in a high-stress job or you work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

    Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It has been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to doctors are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

    Chronic Health Conditions People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is. Relief from pain can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month.

    I will work with you to help you get on the best schedule for your body.

    Personally I get one about every 4-6 weeks and that suits what I need.  Thanks for reading this.

    Cathy – Truly Relaxing 07903 804273

  2. We humans to love touch. It’s an undeniable fact, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a full on squishy bear hug or a massage, touch is one of the most important things you can give to your body.

    The skin on skin contact from a hug or a massage can be a potent way to support your health, from lowering your blood pressure and heart rate to boosting your immune system and giving you pain relief. As we all know, it also helps us to feel less stressed and anxious.

    Babies and skin to skin contact

    From a very early age, babies crave being held and touched. Studies have shown that without skin on skin contact as a baby, our immune systems can suffer. Babies who haven’t experienced enough cuddles, touch and general affection ca often be susceptible to illnesses. It’s thought that because lack of being nurtured leaves babies feeling stressed and vulnerable, the high levels of stress hormones can actually have an adverse effect on their developing immune system.

    Adults need to be touched too...

    It’s a sad fact of life that some of us can go many days without direct skin on skin contact – even if we’re in a relationship, we can sometimes be too busy or working odd hours and neglect this basic need.

    It’s so important to get our fix of being touched, though. Anyone who has regular massages can tell you that if you’re feeling stressed a massage will soon calm you down. Sometimes it’s all you need, and the relaxation effect is a physical reaction to the contact you get from your massage therapist.

    Being massaged makes your muscles unclench if you’re all scrunched up. If your blood pressure is high, it can actually drop after a massage and cortisol levels (a stress hormone) will drop. Because you’re lovely and relaxed, your body has the breathing space to start recharging your batteries so that you’ll feel much better afterwards.

    Recent research backs this up; the immune function of healthy adults who got either a 45-minute Swedish massage or 45 minutes of lighter touch were measured and the group who enjoyed a massage were found to have significantly higher numbers of white blood cells - including the cells which help the body fight viruses.

    So can a massage stop you catching a cold? The scientists stopped short of saying so but it does seem that regular skin to skin contact through massage could play a part in keeping your immune system healthy and fighting off bugs.

    So, the evidence is mounting up that a massage helps you feel good, improved your wellbeing and boosts your immune system. Why not book one today, call me on 07903 804273 or email cathy@trulyrelaxing.co.uk

    Cathy

    Truly Relaxing

    07903 804273