As you all know, its 2017. And what does 2017 go hand in hand with? The wellbeing movement. Through a combination of understanding our own minds and bodies, our wants and needs, wellbeing is something that we’re all striving to achieve. A few years ago you may have been inclined to wonder “WTF? Wellbeing?!”; fast forward 3 years and our Instagram feeds are full of well-travelled foodies, hot yoga, yummy mummies, and meditation. Here at USPAAH, we’re all about helping our clients jump feet first in to the idea of ‘achieving a better self’.
As the well-known mantra states ‘your body is a temple’; and our clients prove that they live by this motto every day. It’s all well and good looking great on the outside (that Age-Reverse facial didn’t go unnoticed don’t you worry!), but it’s definitely time to start glowing from the inside too.
So first and foremost, we’d like to point your attention to the fundamental task of sleep – one of the great things in life that we certainly don’t get enough of! It’s easy to get used to tossing and turning all night with your mind running one hundred miles an hour, we know, we’ve been there, so let us help! In this blog post, we explore how a massage can improve your sleep, and why it’s so essential to your… it’s that word again, wellbeing. A massage will not only work to relieve pain, but to de-stress you of any bad vibes, enabling you to reach a higher level of relaxation. Believe us, spoiling yourself with a deep tissue massage never felt so guilt free!
RELAXING IN TO IT
There are thousands of reasons that could result in you tossing and turning at night, whether it’s a relationship that’s on the way out, maybe some financial woes, or even panicking about when you’re going to fit in your next manicure – never fear, USPAAH is here! Whatever it is that’s keeping you awake, one thing is for sure: stress is not good for sleep or your body. Regular sessions on the massage table have been found to reduce depression and anxiety, due to the way in which massages encourage a level of relaxation that can be missing in the sleep deprived. Research highlights that a massage will trigger a much needed release of serotonin in your body, working as a neurotransmitter that will help you to keep calm, encouraging that much desired tranquility in the bedroom (where necessary of course!).
SWAP PAIN FOR PLEASURE
Back and neck pain can severely affect your ability in the sleep department which is not ideal, who wouldn’t want to sleep for hours if they could!? It’s time to get adventurous and explore what a massage can really do for your body’s needs. Massages have been shown to encourage additional time spent in a deep slumber where the body barely moves; this stage of sleep can be highly restorative and helps massively when it comes to combating pain. Studies have discovered that people suffering with lower back pain who had massages twice a week, for half an hour over the course of five weeks, found that their pain had decreased, enabling them to sleep a lot more peacefully at night – the dream! If you decide to go down the route of massage therapy, remember that it is extremely important to voice where your pain points and injuries are to your therapist. Treat your consultation almost like a doctor’s appointment, allowing your therapist to work their magic sufficiently on relieving the pain, all the while whipping that body in to its prime condition!
THE ‘S’ WORD WE NEED MORE OF
Let’s be honest, it’s something that we’ve all heard time and time again, more sleep, equals a happy, healthier life. Research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to significant health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Lawrence Epstein, M.D., author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep (McGraw Hill, 2006) and chief medical officer for Sleep Health Centers states “Sleep provides a vital function for our immune systems to work as they should” and that people who are chronically sleep-deprived have a reduced ability to perform cognitive tasks and an increased risk of workplace and automobile accidents. Your body could be potentially screaming out for help without you even realising it! So there you have it, along with promoting a deep and comfortable sleep session, there are many benefits to a massage. All the more reason to make massage therapy with USPAAH a regular part of your healthier, and happier life!
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