Who doesn’t like a massage? They feel great, leave you feeling relaxed and clear-minded, relieve stress, and much, much more, massage therapy does you a world of good–some of these top ten benefits might even surprise you.
1) Manage anxiety and depression
Massage therapy reduces your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and boosts production of serotonin and dopamine. The effect you feel is a happier, less stressed mood, and lower blood pressure
2) Ease pain
If you experience back pain at some point in your life Massage is an excellent way to decrease stiffness and pain in the back and increase range of motion. It has very similar results to other effective treatments such as medications, acupuncture, exercise, and yoga.
3) Improve sleep
There’s a reason many people doze off on the massage table. A massage increases delta waves, the brain waves associated with deep sleep.
4) Boost immunity
Multiple studies have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system. Massage decreases cortisol, which is known for destroying your natural killer cells, and gives your immune cells a boost.
5) Beat PMS
Studies have found that massage can lessen PMS symptoms like bloating, mood swings, and cravings.
6) Raise alertness
Even just a 15-minute chair massage has been shown to boost alertness, studies by the Touch Research Institute showed improved responses to a series of math questions.
7) Stop headaches
Massages not only stop pain but stop tension headaches as well. Getting a massage regularly can reduce the number of migraines one experiences over time as well as limit how painful each migraine is.
8) Prolong your youthful glow
Massages increase blood flow, which encourages toxins to leave and nutrients to enter cells. A regular rub down can make a big difference in your complexion and hair.
9) Ease painful medical treatments
Massage therapy can be particularly helpful for people living with or undergoing treatment for serious illnesses, like cancer. Various studies have shown that massage can relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea in cancer patients.
10) Ease pregnancy pains
Regular pre-natal massages ease pregnancy pains and generally assist with shorter, easier labour.
Why not try a Massage to bring your mind, body and spirit together as one.
Both massage and hypnotherapy are well established therapies, yet they are less commonly combined. However, integration of therapeutic suggestion and body work, allows the body to explore, address and release blocks, anxieties and traumas, engaging the subconscious mind to better release underlying pain or adverse health effects. Furthermore, where clients store or lock their emotions in their muscles, physical touch can enhance processing beyond talking therapy alone, speeding healing, releasing physical pain and promoting deeper mind-body relaxation.
I use guided imagery approaches within my massage therapy, which provide even better results with a full hypnotherapy-massage approach. I work on reducing your levels of anxiety and trauma, improving your self-esteem, improving your sleep, reducing tension headaches, address any weigh management issues and help to reduce pain. With the combination of hypnotherapy and massage, the meanings in ‘body metaphors’ can be worked on, both on a psychological and physical level. For instance, if you have shoulder pain you may feel that you are experiencing the weight of the world on your shoulders, if you have a sore back you may feel you are lacking structure or support in your life, and if you have a painful, tense jaw, you may be biting back unspoken words.
I have the appropriate level of training to be able to combine massage with hypnotherapy as I have been trained in both massage and hypnotherapy.
I ensure that there is rapport during each session this will include actively listening, timing massage strokes with your breathing, and by matching my breath with your breath. By allowing you to enter into a state of calmness by slowing and calming your own breath the state of hypnosis may itself be created by the timing of massage strokes.
Whether for a single relaxation session or something more complex such as trauma, hypnotherapy and massage works very well together offering a highly focused and beneficial treatment for your mind and body.