Shed Some Pounds by Getting a Massage

Shed Some Pounds by Getting a MassageA massage is not only something that can help you relax, but has other physiological and psychological benefits as well. It can help increase blood circulation around the body, which is a good thing for keeping your body healthy. Some studies suggest that it may even help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Furthermore, keeping your body conditioned and flexible as massages can help you do, leads to reduced risk of injuries and more efficient metabolism.

Massage therapy can help reduce soreness and stiffness that is often associated with exercise as the body can more readily move around the nutrients and building blocks that it needs to to the parts that need it after exercise. The things moved around include oxygen, which is key to cellular health. By stretching tissues and reducing tension in muscles, massages can stave off injury by increasing flexibility and reducing the likelihood of sudden, big changes in muscle tone, which is what often leads to someone getting hurt. This is why professional athletes often get massage services, many times provided by their sponsors or teams who do not want to see them get hurt in action.

In addition to these effects, massages can support digestive function, which of course is also very relevant to the maintenance of one’s weight and healthy body. Belly massages and meridian bodywork can especially help in this area, particularly by normalizing peristalsis and movement of GI muscles. Furthermore, improved blood circulation to the area can lead to more efficient usage of nutrients and regulation after a meal.

The final area in which massages can have a positive impact (although there are likely more!) is in the mental effect. Massages can help relieve tension and stress from a variety of things and keep you focused and aware. It can also be a great reward after a hard day of physical or mental work as it relaxes you and really helps synergize your body’s various functions. It can even be used as motivation to get through that work out or to stick to that diet plan. Just remember it is a great supplement if you are committed to the other pieces as well. Massages alone won’t be a cure all, but used in combination with other methods of healthy living, they can really boost your outcomes and help you feel and live much better!

About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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