How Often Should You Get a Massage?

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:

Relaxation & Stress Relief

One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

There may be times in your life where you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal. It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. When we “don’t have time” for a massage, is usually when we need one the most. Make yourself a priority even during stressful times, your health is worth it.

If you are in a high-stress job or you work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It has been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to GPs are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

Sports Recovery

Are you a weekend warrior, or do you just like to stay in shape? Either way, massage can help with sports performance and recovery. Many athletes and physically active people receive sports massage because it enhances their performance, prevents injury, and speeds up their muscles’ recovery. Competitive sports can put a lot of stress on a person’s muscles! Research conducted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that massage reduces inflammation and stimulates the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, after strenuous exercise. This means that massage can help relieve pain, build muscles and help with muscle recovery too! For these benefits it is recommended that you get a massage up to three times a week or at least three times a month.

Chronic Health Conditions

People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is. Relief from pain can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month. Your massage therapist will work with you to help you get on the best schedule for your body.

Pregnancy

Pregnant women can greatly benefit from massage therapy!  Prenatal massage and is popular among expectant mothers, who often experience a lot of aches and pains as their pregnancy progresses. Many women suffer from back pain, hip & sciatic pain, headaches, and tired legs & feet. But you don’t have to, a certified massage therapist can help to relieve those discomforts.

Going to your massage therapist once or twice a month can help with the symptoms caused by pregnancy, and it can even help you sleep better.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor and your massage therapist to ensure that you don’t have any pregnancy related conditions that would contraindicate massage therapy for you. Most women experiencing a healthy pregnancy can and should enjoy regular massage sessions.

Need a Massage?  Call us to book now 3824 1958, or save time and book online.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Feel Guilty Getting a Massage

 

People everywhere, especially women, seem to feel guilty about taking time out to look after themselves. It’s OK when it’s a gym session, because that’s virtuous and ‘hard work’ – but if all we’re investing our time in is an hour or so of being de-stressed and relaxed beyond belief at the hands of a massage therapist, it’s as if we’re committing a deadly sin by prioritising our own wellbeing.

Well, we have news for you. Your wellbeing is important and self-care is a vital part of looking after that wellbeing. Even if you’re a busy parent, worker or carer, you need to take time to do something good for yourself because if you are depleted and tired, you’ll have no energy to do anything for the other people who need you.

Sometimes, though, other people can try to make you feel as if indulging yourself in a massage is a waste of time when you could be doing something else (usually what they want you to do). We’ve come up with five good reasons you can give to other people if they ever give you a hard time for getting your regular massage.

  1. A good massage will help relieve muscle tension. Muscle tension can lead to headaches, which can make you grumpy. Nobody wants a grumpy parent/co-worker do they? Therefore, tell them you’re going for a massage and that they will thank you for it when you return with a sunny disposition.
  2. It helps you sleep! If your insomnia is starting to irritate your family – and wake them up too – tell them you’re going for a massage because you don’t want their sleep to suffer along with yours. It’s true that a massage helps to boost serotonin levels (which has been proven to help with sleep). Obviously, being tired makes you so much less productive at work too, so a decent massage helps you work smarter…
  3. Suffering from chronic pain? It’s an expensive business isn’t it? If the cost of your pain meds is starting to mount up, getting a massage on a regular basis
    might help you to reduce the amount of drugs you need to take. Then you’ll be saving money and not using so many drugs, both of which put you at an advantage.
  4. Are you constantly getting colds, coughs and infections that you end up passing on to everyone else? Avoid becoming the office pariah for your germ spreading and try massage instead. Deep tissue/Remedial and Swedish massage, as well as Manual Lymphatic Drainage, have been proven to support the lymphatic system which is your body’s defence system against illness.
  5. They want you to be happy, don’t they? This has to be the #1 reason for a massage, because the happier you are, the more other people will benefit from your improved mood and general relaxed demeanour.

So – you don’t have to make excuses for booking in your next massage appointment. Remember, as they say in the ad’s –          “You’re worth it.” 

 Call us 3824 1958 to book or save time and book online!

 

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What can Massage do for YOU?

Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on holidays, but there’s so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage?

Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!

Stress – It’s no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress levels, it works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your quality of sleep, and by reducing your stress levels, it’s also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Lower Back Pain – This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at work. Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause a lot of lower back problems. Get your massage therapist on the case and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.

Joint Stiffness – Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems.

Circulation – There are a whole range of health problems that can be caused by bad circulation, so boosting your circulation will be a bonus for your whole body. Regular massage helps to get the blood moving, getting essential nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs much faster. Can also help to improve the circulation of lymph – the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.

If you need help with any of these health issues call Divine Therapy 3824 1958 to book an appointment today or save time and book online at  www.divine-therapy.com/massage

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Far Infrared Sauna – Whats the benefits?

Far Infrared sauna

Why we love our Far Infrared Sauna at Divine Therapy!

Why Infrared?

Traditional saunas work by splashing water over heating rocks to intensify the feeling of heat. Infrared saunas, work with infrared rays heating the body.

The infrared works the same way the sun does, without the harmful UV rays, by penetrating the body into the joints and muscles. Infrared saunas heat your body, without the uncomfortable humidity and claustrophobic feel of traditional saunas.

 

 

 

Our Detox Box is wonderfully relaxing and has many health
benefits:

Blood Circulation

When our body heats up, it naturally tries to cool itself. Our heart pumps
faster and our blood vessels expand, increasing our blood flow.

Weight Control and Cellulite

Thermo regularity is the control of our body temperature, it affects our heart
rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. When our body heats up, everything speeds
up, and like exercising, our thermoregulation kicks in. This is hard work for
the body and reduces excess moisture, salt and fat. You can burn 400-600
calories in one 30 minute session!
That’s like running a marathon!

Aging

Perspiration is a way of exfoliating the skin, removing dirt, excess oil and
dead skin cells leaving fresh healthy skin revealed. An increased blood
circulation also encourages cell renewal and brings a healthy glow to your
appearance.

Scarring, Muscle and Joint Pain

Heat relieves pain by expanding the blood vessels allowing more oxygen to reach
the affected areas of the body. This helps to reduce pain and helps speed up the
healing process. When this is combined with cell renewal, scarring is reduced.

Stress & Fatigue

Just like in massage, heat helps to loosen and relax the body.

Immune System

When we are sick, we may develop a fever. This is over body way of fighting
illness and ridding toxins for our body. The infrared sauna imitates a fever
without the pain or illness. The body’s immune system is then activated and
wards off unwanted visitors in our body.

Detoxification

We are exposed to toxins every day such as nicotine, alcohol, cholesterol,
sodium and carcinogenic heavy metals. By using the infrared sauna, we are able
to help rid our bodies of these impurities by sweating.

Give us a call on 07 3824 1958 to book your Detox Box
session and try it for yourself!

 

 

 

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