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Massage For Improved Mood

Massage For Improved Mood

Massage for Improved Mood + Sleep

Massage is great for improving mood and sleep. Whether it’s the Monday blues, the changing of the seasons, or more long-term feelings of anxiety and depression, research indicates that massage therapy may assist in lifting spirits, improving moods, and resetting circadian rhythms, which all can lead to better sleep and more energy!

Why Sleep Matters

For many of us, sleep is the sweet balm that soothes and restores us after a long day of work and play. However, for those with which sleep is elusive or otherwise troubled, the issue is far more fraught. Sleep provides a vital function. It allows for growth and repair of the body. People who are chronically sleep-deprived have a reduced ability to perform cognitive tasks and often feel lethargic and moody. We all require sleep to function at our optimum level and it is imperative for a healthy body. Research shows that sleep deprivation may lead to significant health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes among other ailments.

We all crave the comfort of a restful night’s sleep and it’s restorative power. What if a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly massage was all that you needed to make the difference?

How Massage Can Help

No matter the approach or modality, the goal is improved health and wellness. Massage therapy boosts serotonin levels, of which people with depression often have low levels. Serotonin helps regulate and stabilize mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, so increasing it’s production in our bodies can make a significant impact on our daily lives and well being.

Which Massage Modality is Right for Me?

  • Swedish: long, fluid strokes increasing circulation and improving the sense of well being
  • Aromatherapy: applied topically and/or diffused in the air, this powerful addition to any massage modality can assist in deeper relaxation and mood enhancement
  • Soothing Bamboo: the broad soothing strokes of this deeply relaxing massage uses the powerful energetic properties of heated bamboo to relax and restore
  • Deep Tissue: the slow, focused pressure allows for the deeper layers of muscle tissue to be accessed
  • Medical: a focused massage intended for those who suffer from chronic pain from injury
  • Sports: for the athlete who requires an increase in flexibility, reduction of inflammation, improved circulation, muscle recovery, and reduction to the risk of injury
  • Thai Massage: a powerful ancient healing art that addresses the ten major energy lines in the body using compression, thumb walking and stretching all done fully dressed on a comfortable mat
  • Hot Stone: soothing, heated volcanic stones are gently, but deeply, massaged into the muscle tissue
  • Pre-natal: designed to nurture the expectant mother addressing tension and discomfort
  • Reflexology: an ancient healing therapy applied to hands and feet activating pressure points and encouraging energy flow to corresponding organs of the body

Why Richmond Athletes Should Add Massage to their Exercise Routine

Why Richmond Athletes Should Add Massage to their Exercise Routine

Physical activity is important for overall health for everyone. Whether it is organized team sports such as softball and soccer, individual sports like running and golf, or class-room style exercise such as yoga and Zumba, the act of exercise is good both physically and emotionally. This sentiment is not lost on residents of RVA either. On any given weekday you will see runners and cyclists about Richmond, and teams of all types fill area fields.

Have you added massage therapy into your regular exercise routine? Massage therapy is not only a great relaxation tool, it can aid in muscle recovery, as well as repair and/or prevent injury.

When you work out, and hit that anaerobic state, your muscles create lactic acid. Lactic acid will cause muscle fatigue, hampering your exercise. Massage therapy removes residual lactic acid, while also increasing oxygen absorption by muscles. Improper, or more often nonexistent, stretching can lead to muscle inelasticity, a result of heavy exercise. Regular massage therapy will loosen up muscles increasing elasticity, which can increase overall movement. Massage therapy is very beneficial for relieving inflammation, whether the result of an injury or through diet and exercise.

Some people steer away from sports massage, worried that the massage will not be relaxing, opting for a traditional Swedish massage instead. Performed correctly, a sports massage is every bit as relaxing as a traditional massage. During a massage, endorphins are released by the body through the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. These endorphins act as your body’s natural pain reliever.

It is important to know what to expect during a massage though. First thing to happen is the massage therapist will want to know what sports and activities you participate in, as well as if you are experiencing any chronic pain or injuries. This will help the massage therapist customize the massage.

The massage will include muscle manipulation, zone specific passive stretching, as well as overall muscle group alignment. A great way to increase the benefits of the massage is to add essential oils, such as white fir, lavender, and helichrysium. Essential oils are very beneficial to muscles by reducing inflammation, increasing oxygen to the muscles, as well as aiding in muscle repair. Helichrysium has been found to repair damaged muscle tissue.

Let’s take a moment to expand on inflammation to better understand how this fits into a massage therapy conversation. Inflammation, in controlled amounts, plays a vital role in fighting off injury and infection, but then needs to be flushed out as part of the healing process. Massage therapy will aid in that process, helping the body to filter and flush toxins, increase oxygen and microcirculation, and bring new cells to the muscles. When your body is unable to remove inflammation, and it becomes chronic inflammation, your body will not be able to fight infection as well or be equipped to stay healthy. There is more and more research regarding chronic inflammation as a root to many types of cancer, heart disease, and even depression. Massage therapy is beneficial in reducing that inflammation, providing overall physical and emotional support.

Whether you are a triathlete or just a weekend warrior, making sports massage a regular part of your workout regimen will pay dividends, both physically and mentally. Scents of Serenity Organic Spa offers a variety of massages for all Richmond athletes. Whether you are looking for a sports massage, deep tissue massage, golfers massage or a stress buster massage, or even a thai yoga massage our skilled massage therapists are highly trained to work with athletes of all kind.

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