Top six benefits of a full-body massage

Did you have a stressful week at work, and have you been thinking about pampering your body and mind, then what better could it be then getting a good full body massage?  Every now and then, your body needs a massage to rejuvenate itself and to alter the effects of stress. While most people might look forward to a massage because it relaxes and energizes. But you will be surprised to know that the benefits of a full-body massage are much more.

In this article, we give you a rundown of a few benefits of full-body massage:

Enhances your mood- Yes you heard it right; a full-body massage is an excellent treatment not only for your physical wellbeing but your mental state too. Numerous studies have shown that a total body massage aids in lowering the body's level of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. It is an excellent remedy to treat depression and anxiety. Massage is known to increase happiness hormones- the dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.

Aids in proper functioning of your immune system. Massage increases the blood flow in your body and it helps in proper functioning of the immune system. The massage techniques increase the activity levels of the body's white blood cells, which aid in protecting your system against the harmful viruses. When a massage therapist works on your body, not only does the blood circulate throughout your system but it also drains the lymphatic system, where the lymph nodes filter out all the waste products and dead cells.

Good for your heart. A full-body massage is very beneficial for your cardiovascular system. When a massage is performed, the blood flows through every organ in your body.   As far as your heart is concerned, not only does the blood flow improve but it will also receive the required amount of oxygen.

Releases muscle tension. Due to stress, and/or minor injuries your muscles tend to get tighter in certain areas. A full body massage helps to release that tightness and in turn makes your body more flexible.  This type of technique provides relief from any type of pain in your body.

Good for skin. A full body massage flushes out all the dead skin cells and improves your skin’s texture. Massage also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. The oils that are used during the massage provide immense benefits to the skin and keeps it moisturised. These oils gently exfoliate and allow the growth of the new skin cells.

Strengthens your digestion system. Factors like poor eating habits, lifestyle changes and stress levels can take a toll on your digestive system. Getting a full-body massage done is extremely beneficial for your digestive tract.  In a full-body massage, your abdomen receives a good massage, which further acts on your large intestine to regulate the final stages of digestion. With a proper movement of food in your digestive track, the intestines in your gallbladder, pancreases and stomach work together and play a crucial role in your overall wellbeing.

-Akhila kakarala
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