Massage treatments have long been a popular service within the holistic industry, with 48% of holistic therapists ranking body massage as their most popular service*.
From body massage to Bamboo and Thai varieties, there’s a massage technique to suit all therapists and the benefits are endless, with many clients seeking massage treatments as a remedy for stress, anxiety, muscle pain and more. In honour of National Stress Awareness Month, we’ve put together a list of all the benefits of massage treatments and why they are a worthwhile addition to your treatment menu.
Body massage can relieve anxiety and stress
Massage is a great way to relieve everyday stresses, as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. With regular massage, muscles are loosened and joints relaxed, ensuring any tension caused by feelings of panic or anxiety are reduced. For those who suffer with anxiety or depression, it can sometimes feel like their mind is swamped by negative thoughts so a massage treatment can simply be a nice treat for the client and may allow them to focus on something other than their worries.
Regular massages can counteract postural tension
Believe it or not, the mind isn’t the only part of your body affected by stress. Poor posture can put enormous stress on the body, putting strain on your muscles. When hunched or slumped, the body isn’t properly aligned, meaning the muscles are forced to work harder while others get weaker. Regular massages, however, can reduce postural tension and loosen tense muscles to ensure comfort and pain-free movement. Massages specifically targeted to the neck, shoulders and back are great for those in sedentary jobs such as office workers or drivers. Cater to these clients by adding massage to your treatment menu.
Massage can boost immunity
As well as benefiting the mind, massage can also benefit your health. Research shows that a 45 minute massage can increase the number of lymphocytes in the body, otherwise known as white blood cells. These cells are essential for a healthy immune system and play a large role in defending the body from disease and illness. Not only can you offer your clients relaxation but you can also enhance the quality of their health.
Improve your client’s sleep with massage
Massage has been proven to trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that enhances relaxation and promotes calmness. This, in turn, promotes quality sleep. For clients who complain of poor sleep or suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, a massage could be the perfect remedy.
Here at Ellisons, we offer a variety of massage courses at our accredited Academy. From Bamboo and Thai massage to Indian head massage and classic body massage, you’re sure to find a course to suit you. Click here to view all of our available massage courses.
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*Statistics from the Federation of Holistic Therapists