At a time where age seems to matter, with the trend towards looking ever younger (not to mention fitter, prettier, healthier…) it’s hard not to get caught up in the media myth that we are not enough as we show up in the world and easy to believe the photo shopped version of reality we see on social media and TV… the entire marketing industry relies on our insecurities of course!
Whilst there is nothing wrong with taking good care of ourselves, there are more natural, kinder approaches to aging well that acknowledge reflect and show off our true age, rather than encouraging us to pretend we are younger.
How would it be to feel comfortable in our own skin and be proud of ourselves as we are and own our age?
How about consistent practices of self care that enhance our quality of life and that enable us to show up proudly where we are at no matter what our age?
Along with a balanced diet, plenty of water and regular exercise, not to mention lots of fun, sleep and down time, massage can support our aging process naturally and make us feel great too!
Massage boosts blood circulation around our body and so literally feeds our skin with freshly oxygenated and nutrient rich blood, improving our skin tone.
Massage detoxifies the body’s systems by improving lymph and blood flow so it removes cellular waste and accumulated toxins from tissues and skin, leaving our skin revitalised and fresh looking.
Massage can stimulate our collagen production, the wrinkle preventing protein in the skin which keeps our skin plump and smooth.
Massage strengthens muscle memory which can lift, tone and tighten our facial muscles to give a fresh appearance of our skin.
On a final note, stress ages us! So let’s be kind and unwind! Our body, mind and spirit whatever our age, will thank us!
Poor posture can put pressure on your joints and muscles, causing pain, tension and stiffness.
Poor posture can also press down your internal organs and disturb your digestion, causing unwelcome effects such as a sluggish digestive system and constipation.
Poor posture has become the norm as a lot of us are driving and sitting at desks and/or computers for long periods of time.
Massage therapy can combat and improve poor posture, by:
• Raising your awareness of postural imbalances
• Reinforcing your healthy and natural movement
• Relaxing and loosening your muscles made painful by poor posture
• Stretching and strengthening your muscles shortened by poor posture
• Increasing the range of movement of your stiff joints
• Improving flexibility and the space within your body to realign itself
• Encouraging your body to reposition itself to its natural and pain free position
How many of us these days fail regularly to get a good night’s sleep?
The bad news is insomnia not only leaves us feeling lousy and can severely lower our quality of life, it has longer term negative implications on our health and wellbeing.
The good news is that research has shown massage therapy to be an effective tool to tackle the unwelcome night vigil.
Massage can tackle the main causes of insomnia – pain, stress, anxiety and depression, mainly through the release of a body chemical known as Seratonin.
Seratonin promotes better sleep by:
- inducing deep relaxation which primes the body for better sleep
- helping the body reset its internal sleep/wake cycle
Massage also reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body which both depletes the body’s levels of serotonin and can keep the body over stimulated and primed for activity rather than relaxation.
In turn, as you sleep better, the body is able to reach the deeper phase of sleep during which the body really rests, restores and repairs itself, resulting in waking up feeling refreshed and raring to go!
Massage therapy can get you through the shorter days and colder temperatures by improving your mood and boosting your energy levels!
Massage can be an effective method to beat the common seasonal symptom of lethargy which can result in wanting eating and sleep more!
Massage releases the feel good hormones in your body and can regulate your sleeping rhythms, resulting in better sleep.
Get your feel good fix through massage this winter!