The healing effects of touch and the benefits of massage

The healing effects of touch and the benefits of massage
27
Feb

The skin is the largest organ in our body and is designed, amongst other things, to experience touch.  As our brains and bodies have developed extensive and complicated responses to being touched, massage has a profound impact, not just on our sore or tired muscles, but also our physical and mental health.

Studies have shown that a hug or a reassuring touch a day can improve our mood, reduce stress, increase circulation and of course we also feel more loved and appreciated as a result.  Being touched also releases endorphins, which is the feel good hormone, and is also shown to be beneficial to our health. Think about it – we generally feel happier after a hug or reassuring touch which is partly the result of the endorphins kicking in.

Sadly a good daily dose of physical contact in our lives seems to be on the decline as we have become more physically isolated by technology. This lack of daily face to face interactions has increased our aversion to contact and is linked to depression. No wonder our sense of detachment is climbing along with our stress levels. Stress, as we are all aware, can have detrimental effects on our health, both physical and mental, as well as the quality of our lives and relationships.

Massage is a fantastic way to bring more balance into our lives. Consider that you have to schedule a portion of your day to have a full body massage, and in that time you cannot be reached by any outside stressors such as work issues. With the burden of having to be responsible for anything for at least an hour or two lifted, you can actually begin to physically feel yourself relax.  And not having to constantly check the latest beep, klink or chime of a phone, instils a profound sense of relief (that is if you can get over the separation anxiety first).

All this much needed relaxation and de-stressing begins before a massage therapist has even begun with the massage treatment.  The massage itself, especially a full body massage, has an extremely beneficial impact on our health.
Massage increases the blood circulation to the skin which improves the skins overall complexion and health.
The sore, tired knots of muscle are reduced or eliminated and once again the increased circulation to the muscles aids in healing and regeneration.
While all this happens we slip into a deeper than usual state of relaxation and the endorphins released improve our sense of wellbeing. It is not unusual for a person to fall asleep during a massage, despite being well rested before the massage treatment.

Now more than ever before it is important to put aside some regular ‘me time’ to get some perspective and to take time out of our busy schedules.  Massage therapy not only helps you use this time to decompress, but also helps you to be healthier and mentally fitter to tackle the stressors of daily life. Visit any of our Cape Town Spas for the best Massage in Cape Town.


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