Yes, yes, yes!!
If you are anything like me, then I imagine that you need little excuse to get a massage. But we have some new research which backs up what people have been saying about massage for centuries.
Emory University in the US, have recently (2012) completed a study into the benefits of massage. Over a period of five weeks, study participants received a massage once or twice a week. Compared to those who didn’t get the lucky task of getting massaged in the name of science, those who received massage therapy had lower levels of stress hormones, including cortisol. They also experienced big changes in immunity, including increased counts of white blood cells, which play a key role in fending off illness and infection.
The benefits of massage lasted for several days, and each subsequent massage offered a cumulative benefit. In other words, a regular massage ritual is superior to an occasional rub.
“The act of massage itself has amazing biological effects,” says lead study author Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. “Of course, a single session will do great things for the body, but regular sessions seem to be even more profound.”
“Anyone who enjoys massage should consider indulging regularly”, says Dr. Rapaport.
At SAARAH we have a range of massages and time frames to choose from, meaning you will always find a massage to suit your needs. And if you ever need to justify another massage to your loved one, just remind them of the amazing health benefits….and why not drag them along for a massage so they too can reap the benefits!