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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a safe and effective treatment which can produce profound benefits including stress reduction and the management of chronic pain.

With just one massage, you can affect over 20,000,000 sensory nerve receptors on the skin. When this nerve input is done correctly, the nervous system slips into a state of calm, or the Parasympathetic Nervous system, where our heart and breathing rates slow down, our blood pressure lowers and digestion is promoted. On a chemical level, Massage Therapy has been found to increase “feel good” hormones, such as oxytocin and dopamine, and decrease “stress” hormones, such as cortisol. When we are able to sustain these conditions within our body, this state of relaxation can improve our sleep and breed recovery.

Research also shows that an increase in oxytocin alone can:

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  • Extend life in cancer patients
  • Reduce cravings for sweets
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce cortisol and boost immunity

At PGSW, we offer a 30-, 60- or 90-minute Swedish Massage, which is one of the most common therapeutic techniques. It aims to promote general relaxation and relieve muscular tension through the application of gentle force and long gilding strokes to the to the body. The focus is on providing clients with complete mental and physical relief.

3 Major Benefits to a Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is one of the most common therapeutic techniques. It aims to promote general relaxation and relieve muscular tension through the application of gentle force and long gilding strokes to the to the body, in a calm clinic setting. The focus is on providing clients with complete mental and physical relief.

Researchers believe the efficacy of Massage Therapy is due to its impact on blood flow, endorphins & muscular tension, among other things.

Improve Blood Flow

According to Massage & Myotherapy Australia, Massage Therapy encourages increased blood flow to the areas being massaged, which can promote healing. Recent research also strongly suggests that it can support long-term vascular function of both athletes and non-athletes.

Release Endorphins

Endorphins are natural pain relievers, produced by the brain. They promote happiness and wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Massage stimulates the release of these endorphins – which is one of the reasons why you you’re likely to feel great after your massage. In addition to feeling great, these chemicals can also promote healing.

Relax Tight Muscles

Excessive muscle tension can cause restricted movement and pain. Massage encourages key muscle groups to relax, reducing associated pain and increasing mobility.

If you feel like you could benefit from a Swedish Massage, book with Physio Group South West today.

What you Need to Know to Make the Most out of your Massage

 

Schedule Strategically 

You’ll be most comfortable during your massage if you eat lightly before you come or wait at least 1.5 hours after a meal and stay well hydrated.

If you have had to do any strenuous activity, make sure you have time to shower prior. Post Massage, you’ll probably want a warm shower to remove any excess oil before heading out to any events.

If you are diabetic and take insulin, you should schedule your appointment in between dosages and be aware that massage may lower blood glucose levels; so, check your levels before your massage and have some sugar or honey on hand encase you need it.

Relax and Breathe

During a Massage, the nervous system slips into a state of calm (your Parasympathetic Nervous System) and chemical changes start occurring, increasing “feel good” hormones, and decreasing “stress” hormones. When we are able to sustain these conditions, this state of relaxation can improve our sleep and breed recovery. Our breath is one of the most effective tools to relieve muscular tension – so take the time to breathe deeply and relax during your massage – your body will thank you for it.

Be Honest with your Therapist

There are many adjustments your therapist can make to individualise your treatment plan and enhance the quality of your massage. On your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a Client History Form. If your therapist knows any medication you are on, your current or past symptoms and your treatment preferences, they can make adjustments to their techniques and the way you are supported during your massage – elevating your experience.

Your therapist will ask if you would like the pressure firmer or softer and would love to be kept updated if this preference changes throughout your Massage. There may be instances where firm or deep pressure is not suitable, certain medication and physical conditions can alter your sensitivity to pain and you can end up leaving with more damage from when you arrived – your therapist will work with you on this.

Know when Massage isn’t a Suitable Treatment

Normally, Massage is a safe and appropriate therapy however if you have recently undergone major surgery, have any infectious illnesses or skin conditions, are in your first trimester of pregnancy, or have any undiagnosed swelling and inflammation, you would want to post pone your massage, or get clearance from your GP first.

If you have recently began taking medication or are in the midst of adjusting your dosage, consider waiting until your body has adjusted before getting a massage.

Finally, Consider Booking Regular Appointments

The more regular and comfortable you are with Massage Therapy, the greater ease you’ll have to both slide into that Parasympathetic System and the better your ability to maintain that state throughout your day-to-day. If you find you are restricted by time or cost, consider investing in some Massage Oil or a Foam Roller and make self-massage a regular habit. While it might require more effort your end, you will still reap some amazing benefits for very little cost.

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