Things You Didn’t Know About Massage Therapy

You probably already know that massage therapy can help make you feel good – especially when muscles are tired, tight and sore.

Things You Didn’t Know About Massage Therapy

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Science actually proves this and states that it can also heal inflamed and damaged muscles. In fact, according to a research conducted by the McMaster University in Canada, massage therapy helps trigger certain sensors in the body which help deal with inflammation. Researchers believed that the stretching of the muscles is what promotes healing.

In their research study, 11 adult men were chosen to take part. All of the men rode on bicycles for an hour until they couldn’t go on. After being allowed to rest for a few minutes, a massage therapist gradually massaged one of their legs.

After the massage, a muscle biopsy was taken from both quadriceps, one which was massaged and one which was not. After the initial biopsy, another biopsy was taken two hours and a half later.

The results?

The massaged leg proved to be less inflamed than the leg which was not.

But you already know this, right?

So, what do you not know about massage therapy just yet?

Here are some of the possible things you didn’t know about Massage Therapy:

  • There are around 5 million touch receptors in our skin with 3,000 of them in a single finger tip.
  • The power of touch is… well, powerful. It can help reduce the heart rate and can even lower blood pressure.
  • Julius Caesar was known to have used massage therapy to help with his epilepsy.
  • In 1996, massage therapy was first utilised as a core medical service in the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Massaging and gently pulling your earlobes can actually help strengthen your immune system.
  • The current lifestyle of majority of people today actually promotes lower back pain. Just another reason to indulge in a relaxing massage session every now and then.
  • Specialised massage therapy can help improve the flow of lymph throughout the body. This helps relieves aches, pain and flu-like symptoms.
  • Massage helps stimulate endorphins. This is what helps relieve pain.
  • 60 minutes of massage is equivalent to 7-8 hours of sleep. Preety amazing, right?
  • Bob Hope lived to be 100. He had daily massage sessions as part of his health regimen.
  • It’s possible to have a full body massage with all of your clothes on.
  • Massage is one of the oldest forms of medical care. Pictures on Ancient Egyptian tombs depicted the use of massage as early as 3000 BC.
  • You can enjoy your massage therapy basically anywhere – on a bed, a chair, a couch, a bench… It can be practiced on the whole body, on just some parts of your body, with or without massage oils.
  • There are about 80 different forms of massage therapy.
  • Massage can help cure cancer-related fatigue, chronic lower back pain, headaches, migraines and also post-operative pain.

Need more reasons to fall in love with massage therapy?

Why not just try it out for yourself?

Book an appointment with us today and enjoy the many benefits that this form of alternative medicine can offer!

Call us on 020 7935 1552!