Many, if not most, of us, have experienced the sheer feeling of relaxation after a well-deserved massage. Some of us do it for various reasons and may even enjoy different massage strokes and pressures.
Today, massage therapy is offered not only at luxury spas but also at hospitals, clinics and even some businesses and airports!
Benefits of Massage Therapy
It’s a no-brainer that massage therapy helps you relax, but massage therapy can do so much more than that! Here is a list of surprising benefits we have encountered:
1. It eases muscle pain
Ever hit your elbow on a door and started rubbing it? Massage therapy works in a similar way as it increases and improves your blood circulation which relieves pain.
2. Relieves headaches
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches” Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
3. It improves sleep
Have you noticed how after a massage session you feel ready for a nap? That’s because massage therapy encourages restful sleep and helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. It has also been found that massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.
Did you know, massages help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick.
4. Counteract the imbalance caused by sitting
Does your job entail you sit behind a desk most of the day? You could be dealing with postural stress which is commonly manifested in your shoulders and neck. A regular massage session can counteract the imbalance caused by sitting.
Are there any risks involved in massage therapy?
It is imperative that the therapist conducting the session ask you about your medical history, allergies, or areas that are sensitive. She/he should also ask what it is that you are aiming to get from the session such as relaxation, easing painful muscles, etc.
It is normal to be a bit sore/tender the day after your massage session however if you feel pain during your session it is important to let your therapist know immediately.
Massage therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable experience for most people, however, it is not recommended for individuals who experience or have been diagnosed with any of the following:
Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
Burns or healing wounds
Deep vein thrombosis
At Kallima Lifestyle Clinic we are fully equipped to help you relax and enjoy some time to yourself through a massage session. We make use of Lillian Terry International Oils, which is also available to purchase at the clinic!
To book your massage therapy session contact us on 0824193976