We all love having a regular massage. Or at least I do. It’s one of life’s most pleasurable pastimes. To me, massage conjures up images of beach holidays, lotus flowers and women donning clean white harem pants. But is massage purely just an overindulgent luxury that only our disposable incomes should touch? Or is it actually important for our health and wellbeing?
Before delving into the many benefits of massage therapy, and in order for me to highlight why it’s not only nice to be kneaded, but also somewhat of a necessity. Let me first give you an insight into my history as a massage therapist.
It’s been a while….
At the age of 17 I trained as a massage therapist and cosmetologist in London. To clear things up, and show no shame in revealing my age, I’m now 33. That’s 16 years of effleurage experience under my therapist’s tunic! Slightly concerning for my poor fingers, one might feel. But before you fret too much about my phalanges, I will say that I did have a few breaks in-between from pummeling out knots, to finish my degree in International Management. Finally I returned to massage when I needed to fund my internship as a public relations assistant for a reputable beauty house in Fulham.
I have since gone on to massage at some of London’s top spas, prestigious venues and star-studded events. However, for the last 2 years I have been travelling the world as an on-tour therapist for Pokerstars and Party Poker. During my time with them, I have had the pleasure of massaging some of the world’s most successful poker players, at the table, while they’re playing. I’m sure you’re probably thinking, how bizarre! But these guys play for an intense amount of hours and suffer with the same postural issues that many office workers do.
Although the concept of poker massage may be difficult to fathom, hopefully the years and experience I’ve gained in this field prove that, when it comes to massage, I do indeed, know my stuff.
So why should you have regular massage?
Can having regular massage therapy actually help to de-stress the mind as well as relieve tension in the body? And what are the benefits?
Massage increases energy: Massage therapy can help reduce fatigue by eliminating blockages in the body’s meridians and energy lines, helping to increase mental alertness.
Boosts immunity: Massage therapy increases the response of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell key for fighting infection, and can improve the body’s resistance to diseases.
Relaxes both the mind and body: Having regular massage helps relieve pain by healing damaged muscle tissues. It also improves blood circulation, leading to an increased supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles.
Reduces Anxiety and actually makes us feel happy! Massage therapy lowers our heart rate, blood pressure and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) while increasing levels of serotonin (the happiness hormone) into our system. Excellent for fending off those winter blues!
Anti-aging properties: Massage helps to stimulate cellular activity, rejuvenating the skin’s appearance. Both my cellulite reduction massage and my facial lift massage are fabulous procedures for regenerating and strengthening the skin’s connective tissue; revealing younger, firmer-looking skin.
Helps skin glow: My facial lift massage boosts circulation, bringing a natural glow to the skin, and is a great treatment to have in those cold winter months. I also only use Neal’s Yard products which are natural and organic. The orange flower facial oil is my favourite as it makes skin look and smell absolutely divine. Book in for my facial lift massage and receive a free sample.
Aids digestion: Research published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, suggested that massage was more effective at reducing abdominal pain and blockage in the digestive system than laxatives. This is particularly true of my colon massage, which is fantastic for those who have sluggish bowel movement or suffer from IBS, and can work well in conjunction with a personalised nutritional plan.
Improves flexibility and warms up the muscles: If, like me, you enjoy doing yoga but your hamstrings are embarrassingly tight, massage can help loosen the muscles without putting strain on the soft tissues. If you still feel like you can’t face doing a class in with a room full of die-hard yogis, you may want to try having a beginner yoga session. Email me for more details on private tutorials.
Detoxifies: Massage helps to drain toxins from the body via the lymph nodes. My cellulite reduction massage incorporates a Neal’s Yard body scrub, with skin brushing, in order to assist with the breaking down of fat cells, creating a smoother appearance in cellulite affected areas.
Helps us sleep: If you suffer with insomnia, as I have done in the past from the many nightly hours I put away on the poker circuit, regular massage could be just the prescription you need. It helps to relax the body, reducing pain, meaning less sleep disturbances.
So what are you waiting for? Book in for a massage now, and reap the many benefits that the therapy has to offer!