Does massage have any purpose beyond just feeling good? The good news for regular spa goers is that massage does have a myriad of positive therapeutic benefits that extend well beyond mental relaxation. At Camelot Spa, we believe in providing a holistic experience that meets your specific needs, so all our therapists are knowledgeable about the physical and psychological benefits of all our treatments. We’ve outlined some great therapeutic benefits so you know what to expect from your next massage.
Alleviates muscle tension and pain
Massage has long been a proven effective therapy in alleviating muscle tension. When muscle tension (or muscular “knots”) occurs, a person’s muscle fibres tense, tighten and bunch together. This leads to poor circulation in these areas with a local buildup of waste products. During massage, the spa therapist manually assists in lengthening and straightening out these fibres while also increasing the local circulation in the area which assists in removing the waste products. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain. The application of heat also helps to relax the tensed muscles allowing for better penetration and improved results, which is why many of our clients at Camelot Spa find our Hot Stone Massage to be especially effective for muscle tension and pain.
Improves circulation and reduces water retention
Due to the manual manipulation of soft tissues that is involved with massage, it is a great spa therapy to increase overall blood circulation within the body. Increased circulation not only allows for more waste to be flushed from the body through the lymph drainage system but also nourishes the body with increased nutrients to the tissues with new blood flow to the area. Massage can be a very effective tool in reducing water retention or any swelling in the body. At Camelot Spa, we have found that a particularly effective combination of spa treatments for water retention includes massage, a full body exfoliation and steam treatment.
Strengthens the immune system
Massage therapy not only stimulates circulation, but also stimulates our lymph nodes. These are glands that produce immune cells that fight disease-causing organisms in the body. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients’ white blood cell count was boosted by massage and that it also improved immune function for HIV positive individuals.
Improves sleep and reduces fatigue
The overall relaxing effect massage has on the body and mind has shown to promote restful sleep and assist those struggling with insomnia. Cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation therapy have slept better after regular massage sessions. Research from the university of Warwick has also found that infants sleep more and cry less with regular massage. So, if you’re struggling to sleep, a visit to the spa might be in order!
With all these great benefits, why wait to book a massage? Get ready to wake up fresh, energized and pain-free by visiting Camelot Spa at Seven Villa Hotel and Spa! Book today to get started on your journey to wellness and pure relaxation!