Is Massage Therapy Backed by Solid Science?

Now that’s a big question… Is massage therapy backed by solid science…

There are a lot of sceptics in the world, and rightly so, I never enter into anything without doing my own research! I think it’s a mistake to dismiss everything without undeniable proof that it works though, you’re better exploring people’s own tales on personal experience when it comes to massage as every one of you and every massage therapist is different…we’ll look at both viewpoints.

This question comprises of many factors…does a massage work? Yes, massage sets out to relax the muscles and regulate the systems of the body. Does it help pain? Yes, by delivering blood and nutrients to starved areas and releasing tightness of the posture. Does it relax you? Yes, the comforting and rhythmic pressure, calm music, environment and the therapist all play an important role, but massage distracts and calms the mind offering the body the opportunity to rest and heal. Does it boost your immune system? Yes, massage when applied correctly rids the body of toxins by aiding lymphatic flow, it also draws the brains attention to parts of the body which require it’s attention and thus encourages healing.  Continue reading

Warm up Massage

Hi, my name’s David and I work the Reception at Holistic Massage for you.  I’ve played sport of one kind or another since I was about 5, and the advice you’re given for best performance has consistently changed.

I’ve had countless ‘guidance’ about stretching over the years, “don’t do it before exercise, do it afterwards”, “it’s not a good idea to stretch after vigorous exercise only light”,  “stretching is detrimental to building lean muscle”…Despite all of this conflicting information I’ve often come across athletes  militant on their methods of how to warm up, one team I used to play for said they wouldn’t even let me train if I hadn’t stretched before training!

So, when it comes to stretching, what is the best way to warm up?

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Massage and Productivity

When most people think of doing anything, their first concern is almost always either the cost or the time. There are so many people that miss out on really good things because they believe it will cost them to much money, or take up to much time. More often than not people will use this excuse to miss out on what they consider luxuries and things that they think aren’t essential. Continue reading