Investing in your health

The human body is an amazing machine, yet in today’s increasingly fast paced and stressful times we sometimes find ourselves stretched too far.

Frequent massage may sound like an indulgence to some; however research shows that a weekly massage session provides significant health benefits.

In our modern world, life seems to be moving at an ever increasing speed. Technological advances along with faster and more readily accessible internet means we are constantly bombarded by media, work and our social networks. Although it’s tempting to move even faster, the real benefit lies in slowing down, tuning into and caring for our bodies. Read a previous article about how Slowing Down is a conscious but not necessarily easy choice we can make.

We’ve all heard the analogy about the need to look after and tune our bodies; much as we take our car to a mechanic in order to service it to maintain optimal efficiency and functionality. But the importance and emphasis on regular care and attention should be even greater for the human body as we only have one!

An array of research already supports the benefits of an individual Swedish massage session. However further to this, a study available online in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the biological effects of repeated Swedish Massage Therapy sessions. The study compared repeated massage therapy and light touch intervention, demonstrating sustained and cumulative beneficial effects of repeated massage therapy. The benefits were seen to persist for several days to a week and differ depending on the frequency of sessions. Conducted over 5 weeks, participants were randomly allocated into four groups to receive a concurrent five weeks of Swedish Massage once or twice a week, or a light touch control once or twice a week. The study analysed a number of neuroendocrine and immune measures with regular Swedish massage positively influencing these markers.

Bodywork is a great way to nurture yourself, however too often we leave it too long to recognise our bodies warning signs and take the necessary action to remedy this. ACM Diploma Graduate Therapist James Day recognises this in his clients: “I find that many clients who initially came to see me to rehabilitate an injury, continue to return and to receive massage on a regular basis for general well-being and enjoyment.”

Receiving regular massage and bodywork should be seen not as an indulgence, but as a positive investment in our ongoing health and overall well-being. Along with regular exercise and a healthy diet, massage is an important self-care tool. So regardless of which side of the client-therapist relationship you’re situated on, make receiving regular massage a focus and reap the rewards of a boosted biological system.