Close your eyes and imagine this:
You’re on a serene beach. The air is warm and smells like salty ocean and fresh sea breeze. The sun has given your skin a radiant glow and you have nothing rushing you. No work, no chores, no responsibilities whatsoever. In this moment, you are relaxed and carefree.
You can hear the seagulls chirp in the sky and the palm trees lazily waving from side to side in the ocean air. The sand is warm and tickly between your toes. You can almost taste the sweetness of a beachfront cocktail adorned with a pineapple slice and a little umbrella. You wish this moment could last forever…
How good did that feel?
Depending on how reluctant you are to escape from this fantasy, you might be in need of a treat. Enjoying an hour or two completely to yourself without a care in the world can do wonders for the mind. It might not last forever, but even just a few minutes of massage can ease your worries and reset your body. Coming back to your responsibilities with a refreshed state of mind means renewed focus, greater desire to take on problems, and increased productivity and creativity to deal with whatever life throws at you.
The benefits of a massage are virtually endless. In a world plagued by sitting behind uncomfortable desks in awkward ways to stave off back pain, spending 60+ hours a week in a car in traffic with tension building between your shoulders, and having very little time to yourself for practicing some self-care, an hour spent having a massage holds benefits that go far beyond just a nice feeling.
Massage promotes blood flow, which in turn promotes the optimum function of the body’s processes. Your metabolism is boosted, pain is decreased, brain activity skyrockets, and your health becomes less of a concern. Throw out the painkillers – massage is a holistic, natural method of physical therapy.
Massage may not be yoga, but a benefit of muscle relaxation is increased flexibility and the ability to stretch further and touch your toes! Warmed up muscles are easy to manipulate and get you practicing your best pretzel poses.
Massage lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, providing calming effects and low levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). A quick hand massage before a big event can make you feel more relaxed, and ultimately more confident in stressful situations.
A big benefit of massage is the happy hormones released – serotonin and dopamine combined is what put you in a great mood and contributes to a great day.
Getting to know your body’s aches and pains, as well as limits and capabilities is essential when nurturing a knowledge of your health mentally and physically. Massage by a therapist, a partner, or even yourself can reveal sore spots you wouldn’t necessarily recognise in busy day-to-day life. Noticing a persistent ache can even help lead to diagnoses and contribute to overall better health.
We’ve spoken about flexibility and warmed up muscles, and the great thing about muscles that are awake and ready for action is the ability to perform better when exercising. Whether you’re a swimmer, a tennis player, a dancer, an Olympic runner (after your children), or even just someone who enjoys a walk around the block over weekends, physical activity is improved and the benefits can be felt.
There’s nothing worse than lying awake for hours at night. While massage is not always a medical treatment as prescribed by a doctor to treat conditions like insomnia, a warm shower and a backrub or foot massage before bed can help your body relax and signal that it’s time to switch off.
Mornings = easy
Together with better sleep, relaxed muscles, and decreased pain, the tension that once unconsciously consumed a lot of your energy makes way for a renewed vigour and zest for taking on the day. Getting up on the wrong side of the bed isn’t something you know anymore.
Sharing quality time with a partner is always something we try to incorporate into our everyday lives. Massage is a great way to be close and share happiness, bond, relax together, and tune in to your own and the other person’s feelings. This leads to better communication and an overall boost in wellbeing. Can someone say couples’ massage?
Let’s think back to that pesky desk at work again. Your shoulders and fingers must be twitching already at just the thought of typing away at your keyboard all day. Massage can help relieve some of this strain – better posture, concentration, and resilience of the body means sitting for a long time may not have as bad an effect on your body as before. Taking regular breaks and staying in touch with what your body needs while working is important to stay productive and happy.
Whenever you’re in two minds about whether you should take an hour to sit in front of the TV again this weekend, or try something new, make your way to our spa. An hour on the massage bed is an experience you’ll want to have over and over. And with all the benefits, you can have your cake, and eat it too!