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The benefits of self massage

posted 8 May 2015, 04:49 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 08:36 ]
By Sophie Pattihis

We all know how great it feels to receive a massage, it's a treat for your body, some time out…experience the benefits every day!

Massage doesn't have to be a rare treat, a guilty pleasure or a temporary fix for pain or injury. It can become part of your everyday routine, a lifestyle choice.

As a practising massage practitioner I’ve experienced, first hand the wonders of massage. The give and take between practitioner and client, the transfer of energy and the opportunity to connect with a another person on an intimate level.

Alongside the obvious benefits of massage:
  • calms the body/mind
  • pain relief
  • better muscle tone
  • promotes digestion
Massage is also proven to help promote circulation. Supporting immunity, processing and eliminating toxins, free radicals, carcinogens etc that we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Sometimes our bodies need a little help getting our blood and lymphatic system pumping, detoxifying, decalcifying, deoxidising.

A cleaner body leads to a cleaner mind, leaving you more likely to wake up feeling healthier, more positive and more likely to make better decisions and choices.

By incorporating massage into you daily routine you are slowing you whole system down, automatically stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for rest and digest. Hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin (feel good hormones) are released, giving you that feeling of tranquility and peace of mind.

The act of self massage, slows the mind and body, enhancing the mind-body connection and allowing time for reflection, clarity, peace.

Reflexology charts show the many systems stimulated by massage. Reflexology is an ancient healing therapy. The act of applying pressure to specific regions of the hands and feet, stimulating specific systems of the body.

Here are some basic bodywork movements that you can practise at home and help your body on its way to recovery.

Why not try incorporating some aromatherapy based oils and lotions to enhance the healing experience, here are a few:
  • lavender: promotes sleep and calms the nervous system
  • Bergamot: reduces fatigue/exhaustion
  • Lemon: refreshing and detoxifying
Experience what massage can do for you and enjoy!

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Sophie Pattihis