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New research has shown that enjoying a massage every once in a while may help you on your path to diet and weight loss. Too good to be true? Believe it or not, this is true–and we’ll explain how.
First of all, massages release endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemicals you get from certain foods and activities. Well, these chemicals have an indirect effect on your body’s metabolism– by making you feel good, it can often block the hunger signals from your brain, therefore helping you with your weight loss goals. Less stress lessens the body’s ability to store fat. Massage can also increase circulation and blood flow therefore helping you burn fat faster with a higher metabolic rate.
So there you go– another excuse to schedule that massage you’ve been dying to get!
Massage Envy experts answer your questions
Q: How does receiving massage help reduce stress?
A: We all know that certain types of constant stress in our lives are not healthy. But did you know that recent evidence indicates the physical changes associated with stress may contribute to the leading causes of death – heart disease and cancer. In addition, stress can create and/or exacerbate many physical and emotional conditions such as chronic fatigue, digestive upset, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure and risk of stroke.
A recent study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and assigned them to receive deep tissue, Swedish and light touch massage. Blood samples were taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward. The researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.
Volunteers showed significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also had increases in white blood cells that are part of the immune system. Volunteers experienced greater increases in a hormone associated with contentment and bigger decreases in adrenal hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, such as those associated with chronic stress, have been shown to have negative effects. What this study shows is that receiving massage actually activates the body on an internal level to respond and correct the physiological imbalance caused by our stressful lives.
– C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry
Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy
Hot Stone Therapy is one of the newest addition to Massage Envy’s list of massage therapy.
This type of therapy will melt any muscle tension and stiffness away. This therapy will not only increase one’s circulation, but your metabolism as well. Heated stones are placed in key areas of the body help relax the deeper parts of the muscles. This 90-minute session will include a personalized massage using hot stones to create for your perfect healing experience.
Hot stone therapy relieves muscle aches, back pain, stress, anxiety, poor circulation, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia. It has also been used to treat insomnia and depression.
Developed in the early twentieth century, reflexology was originally known as “zone therapy.” This type of massage focuses only on ones and hands feet. During a reflexology session, the massage therapist will focus on specific target points that will send signals to the brain and will balance the nervous system. This is done by moving and stretching the hands and feet while applying pressure to reflex areas and other parts of the body. These pressure areas correspond to specific organs of the body. The endorphins released during a reflexology session will reduce the amount of stress the client feels while returning the body back to its equilibrium. Reflexology provides pain relief to those who are suffering tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues, and back pain.
Usually, when people think of massage, the type of massage that they visualize is a Swedish massage. Developed in Stockholm several centuries ago, this form of bodywork has become the most common type of massage that is performed
The massage therapists at Massage Envy will rub the muscles with long gliding strokes in the same direction of blood flowing back to the heart to get the client’s body to relax. Firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending, stretching, and applying pressure with their hands and palms are a few other techniques used to calm the muscles of the body down. The use of lotion will not only reduce friction, but stimulate the skin as well.
The benefits of a Swedish massage includes an increase of oxygen in the blood, a decline in muscle toxins, better circulation and flexibility, and less muscle tension.