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Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Massage

Updated on November 19, 2011

Having a massage should be an enjoyable experience, both during and afterwards. If done properly, a massage can bring many health benefits to the lucky person.

The main benefits include an improvement in blood circulation as well as stimulation of the lymphatic system which will help in washing away your “waste”.

A full body massage will typically last around 45 minutes but some treatments can take up to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage being performed.

An aromatherapy massage is a more peaceful and relaxing treatment, using specially formulated oils with a slow and smooth technique being performed.

For those that are looking for something a little more rough, most beauty therapists will also offer a deep-tissue massage which is designed to be performed with a "bit of elbow grease". Although it isn't designed to hurt, the therapist will not want to cause any discomfort and so will always check that they have the pressure correct and that you're happy with it.

I had a massage recently and found that my body felt much warmer and even looked slightly red! I've been told that this is caused by an increased flow of blood in your body due to a release in pressure, caused by the massage. Interesting.

Many people also suffer from cramps and spasms in their legs, arms and neck. A massage can help relieve these cramps and muscle spasms and help you to feel a lot less tense and much more "free". Your therapist should advise you to drink a bit more water after a massage as your body will need to replenish fluids quicker than normal.

The benefits of massage are not limited to just physical health. A massage can also have a benefit to your mental well-being, which in itself will have a positive impact on your physical health.

People suffering from depression, anxiety and stress may find their after a massage, they will feel more relaxed, less anxious and will be able to focus their thoughts more affectively.

Research has shown that people suffering from arthritis will be able to benefit from massage. A massage can release tension in trouble areas and encourage tissue and cell renewal.

It is greatly advised that if you have a fever or an infection of some kind that you do NOT go ahead with a massage treatment as a massage could potentially do more harm than good in this instance.


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    • Howpertise profile image

      Howpertise 6 years ago from Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

      Definitely recommended for mental health benefits. Nice Hub Iain! :)

    • iain-mars profile image

      iain-mars 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Clayton and Loanyi

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      loanyi 6 years ago

      That was interesting.

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      Clayton 6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      ok really dint know this to be honest, very awesome, thank you for the insight!