5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know

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Simply put, a massage is the manipulation of the skin, muscles and joints by a massage therapist in an effort to relieve pent-up tension and stress. The treatment is typically delivered by the massage therapist’s hands, but may also involve arms, elbows and occasionally the feet. The degree of pressure applied to achieve the desired result may vary from light to very intense.
In addition to the relief of tension, here are some other benefits your massage therapist wants you to know about:

Digestive Disorders: by gently applying pressure to the outside of the abdomen and manipulating the small and large intestines, the massage therapist cause the abdominal muscles to relax. In some case, he may even be able to search out blockages and by gently massaging the area, stimulate the digestive process, relieving gas bloating and blockage.
Back Pain: almost everyone has had a bout with back pain at least once in their life, some more than once. The area of the back includes so many muscles and bones that anyone would be hard-pressed to avoid a backache at some point in their lives. Fortunately, massages are uniquely suited for treating back pain accruing from muscle tension and even injury. The skillful manipulation of the back’s confluence of muscles and bones stimulates blood flow, causing the muscles to relax and alleviating pain.
Headaches: by concentrating on the shoulder, neck and head areas, the massage therapist’s manipulation of the nerves and muscles in that area relieves tension that sends messages to the brain which are translated into painful migraines. In this way, the massage therapist is able to accomplish with skillful manipulation of the muscles what many medications can’t.
Boosting the Immune System: studies have shown that people who undergo a lot of stress are more susceptible to sickness and disease. And because people under stress neglect other issues like sleep and diet, their health is further jeopardized. However, massages helps reduce that stress and stimulate the production of cytotoxins—the body’s disease-fighting cells—strengthening the immune system.
Fibromyalgia: fibromyalgia is a condition that leaves those affected by it feeling drained of energy, recurring pain all over the body, and even some memory loss. It affects women more than women, but it can be treated with the right therapeutic approach. One such approach is through massage therapy. The massage encourages blood flow and the absorption, while improving the body’s ability to eliminate waste. This is especially beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers since relaxation encourages the body to produce more of its natural painkillers.

So, a massage is more than just an exercise in vanity by the rich and famous, it can also be a powerful weapon in the fight against ill health and disease.

At Elements London, we offer a whole range of massage treatments, here’s an infographic showing 7 Reasons To Enjoy A Regular Massage. Let us know what your goals are and we will advise you on an appropriate treatment.  Get in touch with us on 020 7935 1552.  Or stop by our clinic at 41 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4HN.