Subdue Potential Health Issues With Massage Therapy
A visit to the spa is more than just copious amounts of luxury and relaxation. From softer skin to better health, spa treatments are scientifically proven to possess inherent benefits to overall health. Since the ancient times, the healing powers of touch has been expounded, evolved and proven for its effectiveness. Recent studies by experts have also revealed that the frequency of spa visits correlates directly with improved sleep, fewer sick days and lower hospitalisation rates. These findings allow massage treatments to steadily gaining approval in the medical field as a complementary alternative treatment to traditional medicine.
According to NYU professor of Psychiatry Virginia Sadock, “Visiting a spa is a way of getting taken care of that is both psychologically and culturally acceptable… And we can carry that feeling of being pampered with us for a substantial period, and very often that can help us cope better with stress”.
Whether it is noticeable or not, the hustle and bustle of everyday life take a toll on both our mental and physical health. So if you are a busy urbanite bogged down by stress of modern day living or experiencing body aches, here are four primary health benefits you can gain through our vast array of spa treatments:
DE-STRESS & IMMENSE RELAXATION
There is nothing like lying on your back and leaving all your troubles behind, as the professional masseuse ease your tired muscles, restore your inner calm and invigorate your energy levels. Massages have been proven to stimulate the release of Serotonin, a hormone that places you in a “feel good” state. By sinking into pure relaxation, you can recalibrate your inner balance as your mind, body and soul merge in complete harmony.
Never underestimate the benefits that stem from detoxification. Environmental damages such as sunburn and even ingested toxins from the food we consume can have an adverse impact on our skin. Full-body spa treatments are specially formulated to stimulate the lymphatic system to cleanse the body of toxins. Body treatments such as seaweed wraps or deep exfoliation can help eliminate any surface impurities and purge harmful toxins.
SOFTER, SMOOTHER SKIN
From cucumber masks to mud facials to laser treatments, a wide variety of spa treatments are developed to revitalise your skin. Spa treatments stimulate collagen and cell regeneration, making your skin more resilient to wrinkles, ageing and helps with refining pores. This uniform relief from revolutionary skin treatments also exfoliates the dull surface cells and restore our skin’s natural glow. Many treatments also utilise mineral-rich ingredients and all-natural essential oils from Earth’s natural elements to re-mineralise and moisturise our skin.
MUSCULAR AND ACHES RELIEF
From quadriceps to abdominal muscles, many of the body’s biggest muscle groups can become stiff and strained over time. Such strains are common issues experienced by athletes and gym buffs, often pushing their body to the limit. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reports that massage therapy not only ease muscle soreness and boosted vascular function after a workout, but also improved vascular function in people who does not exercise. In this study, Researchers asked healthy sedentary adults to exercise their legs to the point of soreness with a standard leg press machine. After exercising, half of the group undergoes leg massages that utilise Swedish massage techniques. Although both the group that received massages and those who did not reported soreness immediately after the workout, those who enjoyed massage therapy felt no continued soreness 90 minutes after treatment. On the other hand, the exercise-only group experienced soreness even after 24 hours post-exercise.
Executives that spend most of their days hunching over their desk also tend to experience stiff shoulders and neck aches, which inevitably lead to stress-related headaches and affecting their productivity. A 2011 study discovered that a rubdown helped people with lower backaches feel and function better than those who did not. Deep tissue massages also improve flexibility and postures. According to Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., the lead researcher for the study, “We discovered that the benefits of massage are about as substantial as those reported for other effective treatments: acupuncture, exercise, medications and yoga.” For those suffering from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, muscle spasms and sciatica, heat from a hot mineral bath, sauna or steam shower are also effective methods to soothe these tense knots and aches.
Restricted blood flow can result in cardiovascular and kidney problems, high blood pressure, varicose veins and organ damage so massage therapies provide the necessary preventive measures. In a 2010 study, it was discovered that 45 minutes of Swedish massage resulted in significant enhancement in white blood cells and lymphocytes activities, boosting the body’s overall immune system.