The Miracles Of Massage
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT A 15-MINUTE MASSAGE THREE TIMES A WEEK CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE SO WHY WOULDN’T YOU INDULGE IN SOME HANDS ON THERAPY? NEOM’S Neom THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE EXPERT, KRISTIN GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON JUST HOW SPECTAUCULAR A SIMPLE RUB CAN BE FOR OUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL
Amanda Old: What effect does massage have on the mind?
As a general rule of thumb a massage once a month should be sufficient as part of someone’s wellness routine.
Studies prove that massage accelerates brain development and improves visual functions as well as promotes the release of serotonin – the hormone that regulates mood, hunger and sleep. This is why it can promote a sense of wellbeing and contentment and even with vigorous pressure, people manage to fall asleep in a massage session. In a more gentle massage, oxytocin also gets released – the love hormone, which creates that warm and fuzzy feeling.
While some hormones can increase, others, like cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine are decreased through massage, reducing the effects of stress and making you feel much calmer.
AO: How is it physically good for the body?
K: As well as physical relaxation, massage can boost your energy and vitality, improve your circulation, relieve tight muscles and nerve compression, help create greater flexibility and range of motion as well as helping to heal scar tissue and tendon, ligament and muscle tears.
AO: How long can the effects of massage last?
K: As a general rule of thumb a massage once a month should be sufficient as part of someone’s wellness routine. However, many outside factors can contribute towards needing a massage more often. For example, a person’s stress levels and physical activity, their diet and how well they take care of themselves.
AO: You helped mastermind the Neom Wellbeing Spa Treatments, what makes them different?
K: While some therapists focus on just one or two modalities, like Swedish or Deep Tissue massage, for the Neom treatments we combined 6 truly purposeful techniques including shiatsu, cranio, Thai massage, trigger point work and reflexology, to ensure that the treatment you receive is truly unique and suited to your particular wellbeing needs. The real difference with the Neom therapies is that you will leave the room armed with knowledge on how to continue experiencing the therapeutic benefits at home.
AO: Do essential oils play an important part in massage?
K: Absolutely, they take on a remarkable synergy that dramatically enhances the massage treatment. Naturally sedating with anti-inflammatory properties, well-chosen oils can promote relaxation, improve circulation and reduce swelling and pain.
AO: Have you come across any recent research linking massage to good health?
K : According to the University of Illinois, massage therapy improves circulation and alleviates muscle soreness. This is because it helps the general blood flow which is why participants’ vascular functions improved, even if they didn’t exercise. It proves that massage has benefits for everyone, regardless of their physical activity.
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