Massage: Don’t Wait Until You Need It

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Are you always putting off getting a massage? 
Maybe you think that because nothing actually hurts, you don’t need to worry about it? Many people think the same way and then end up at the massage clinic with a painful back or an injury that possibly would have been prevented if they were getting a monthly maintenance massage treatment.

Massage is wonderful if you do have an injury or are already in pain, but why wait until there’s something wrong before you take action?
Massage can be part of your preventative therapy: a way to stop aches and pains from developing into anything more serious.
Why risk waiting until you are in pain, when a 2011 study proved that having regular lower back massages helped to relieve the pain before it got to the stage where it needed medication or taking time off work?

Stress busting massage
Another cause of time off work is stress and/or anxiety, so you’ll be pleased to hear that a regular massage session can help you beat the build-up of stress and keep you calmer for longer. It’s well known that many conditions are either brought on or made worse by stress. Booking time out for regular massage therapy helps to lower your body’s Cortisol levels, and increase the happy hormones Serotonin and Dopamine. It really puts you in a better mood! On top of this, it’s also thought that because deep tissue or Swedish massages in particular help to get your lymph fluid moving, this type of massage can help boost your immunity. This means less coughs, colds and illnesses, which is all good.

Beat the pain of inactivity
I know, most of us can’t help it, but the average person sits still for eight or nine hours every single day. If your job means that you have no choice but to sit at a wheel or desk, it will pull your shoulders forward and cause them to become rounded. This has the effect of weakening your upper and lower back muscles, which is why you’ll be feeling that pain in your upper body.
If you can manage to get up and about regularly to do some exercise, and team this up with a regular massage, your posture will thank you for it, and you should reduce any pain you feel from sitting still for so long during working hours.

Have we convinced you to make a massage part of your regular routine?
Of course, it’s not all about preventing illness or relieving pain: having a massage is a deliciously comforting and beneficial experience in itself! Many people book their regular massage therapy sessions just because they know they will spring off the massage couch with a smile on their face, feeling amazing! 

Xander Campbell