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The Benefits of Massage

By Megan Smiley, May 22 2019 11:24AM



Having recently spent nine months doing a part-time massage course through the Western School at Glasgow Caledonian University, I am now a qualified Massage Therapist!


It was something I had been thinking about doing for a while, as the older I get, the more I realise how important it is to look after our bodies. Looking after yourself comes in many ways and will be different for different people but I think the main areas include:


Movement


This doesn't have to be traditional exercise and sport but some sort of movement which includes a mixture of activities, some that increase your heart rate, some that increase endorphin production, and some that increase/maintain your strength.


Nutrition


Eating the right amounts of nutritious foods, ensuring a variety of both macronutrients and micronutrients to help your body function optimally.


Hydration


Drinking plenty of water, and not too much of the less good stuff, yes I'm looking at you coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and alcohol!


Sleep


This is an important one. People don't realise what an impact not getting enough does to your body. Therefore, it's not only important to allocate enough time for sleep, but also try and address any problems that are affecting your sleep.


Self care/preservation


The term self-care has become a bit of a buzz word over the past couple of years and rightly so I think. In modern life stress levels are high, everything is rushed and less time is spent relaxing and doing things that we enjoy for no other reason than enjoyment, e.g. not for the benefit of a social media post, or because you feel you should, or because you're expected too, but just because it feels good. The benefits of doing something that you enjoy with no strings attached will have a beneficial impact on your mental and physical health. Self care/preservation activities could also be things you don't necessarily enjoy but are good for maintaining your body in good working order, this could be things like going to the dentist or regular health checks.



Massage is definitely something that I class as self care/preservation and can also help in other areas such as with movement and sleep. Massage has many benefits including to help:


- reduce muscle tension and spasms

- improve muscle tone

- reduce risk of injury

- increase circulation and nutrition to areas of the body

- increase range of motion (ROM)

- improve postural awareness

- reduce build up of scar tissue

- reduce anxiety

- reduce stress level

- improve sleep

- relieve pain

- boost energy levels

- prepare muscles for use e.g. prior to a race/sporting event


I have loved learning more about the body and the way it works on this massage course, and am glad to be able to add a new offering to my existing business of personal training and nutritional advice.


I believe health is more than just sit ups and press ups as I outlined above, hence wanting to broaden the way I can help people feel fit, strong and healthy. Our bodies are amazing bits of kit that we should all be looking after. Now I'm going to practice what I preach and book myself in for a massage. If you want a massage get in touch!



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