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Massage is always one of the most popular treatments at Wear Park Spa and since reopening after lockdown, we have been busier than ever.
Whether you indulge in a one-off massage for a bit of ‘me-time’ or you book a regular massage to keep your muscles and mind in check, there’s no doubt that a massage offers therapeutic properties which can improve your overall well-bring.
From the time of the Ancient Greeks, and across Eqypt, China and India, massage has been used to treat a variety of ailments, and recent scientific research consistently proves there are a number of clinical benefits to massage therapy.
It is recognised that massage releases endorphins which produce feelings of well-being, deep relaxation and calm. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. This can help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and high blood pressure. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Physically, massage has wide ranging benefits including improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, flexibility and joint mobility along with a reduction muscle pain and tension
Here are five reasons why you should book a massage:
Research proves there is a connection between massages and the improved functioning of the immune system. A 2010 study showed that massage improves the production of white blood cells which fight against disease. The same study was repeated focusing on the effect of hormone levels that people who have Swedish massage twice a week had decreased levels of cortisol and more oxytocin, the hormones that control stress and calmness.
A relaxing massage can reduce anxiety, stress and depression. The reduction in cortisol increased the feeling of well being, while reducing blood pressure. Massage can also increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which can be beneficial for those suffering from depression.
Ten minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and stimulate recovery in your body. A study published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012 found that massage reduced muscle pain immediately after physical exercise.
A 2011 study of lower back pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that one massage a week – especially deep tissue massage – for ten weeks, can help alleviate chronic lower back pain, in 1 out of 3 patients compared to 1 in 25 who received standard care.
A 2006 study showed that regular massages could decrease stiffness and pain and improve movement in people with osteoarthritis.
Our Spa Therapists will tell you, many people fall asleep during a massage! Many studies have shown that massage stimulates delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep.
Wear Park Spa offers both 30 minute and 60 minute massages with experienced massage therapists. They will discuss any specific concerns to concentrate on, or they can provide a full body massage for total relaxation. They will also find the best pressure for you and use an Elemis massage oil of your choice.
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