With Valentines just days away, it's a great time to look at why romantics all over the world are ditching the red roses, chocolates & romantic dinners this year & booking their sweethearts in for a massage.
Flowers die after days and a romantic dinner and chocolates are so yesterday!
Giving the gift of a massage communicates love, nurturing and "I value your well-being" like no rose, chocolate or piece of jewellery every can!
Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”- and massage therapy is one practice that effects this response.
Here are five reasons why massage should be at the top of your Valentine’s Day gift list:
1. Stress relief
Massage calms your nervous system and assists the release of your feel good hormone, oxytocin.
Oxytocin is an amazing hormone: Some call it the “bonding hormone” or the “love hormone” as it’s released during orgasm, when it’s dark, when you feel safe and, as a study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles study confirmed, during massage.
2. Mood boost
Along with releasing our love hormone oxytocin, massage also increases production of serotonin and dopamine.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is secreted in the brain by specialized neurons (serotoninergic neurons), and it regulates mood, hunger and sleep. It promotes a sense of well-being and contentment. Massage promotes the release of serotonin, which explains the positive mood effect, and the observation that despite vigorous manipulation people can fall asleep during a massage session.
Dopamine is another neurotransmitter whose concentration is elevated by massage. The neurons that use dopamine as their chemical transmitter (dopaminergic neurons) make up the reward system in the brain. So massage induces the same sense of pleasure as sex, or a glass of wine, or on the darker side, a recreational drug such as heroin. No wonder some people are “addicted” to massage.
3. Pain alleviation
Massage makes your body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing tension in your muscles. It will also stimulate your body to release endorphins into the bloodstream, which will elevate your mood and act as a pain blocker and reduce the feelings associated with chronic pain.
If you're single, there is no better way to say with confidence, “I love myself”, than by booking yourself in for a nurturing massage! Massage therapy allows you to become fully present, connect with your body and be totally blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance from your therapist. A massage treatment offers you an escape from your everyday stresses, and sends your body the message, “I am taking care of you.”
5. Happy heart
Massage has been found to reduce heart rate and to have a lasting, positive effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Massage has also been shown to benefit clients by reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension, while it boosts relaxation. Besides increasing blood circulation, the massage will stimulate skin receptors that send messages of relaxation to the central nervous system. These reflexes cause vasodilation: where the blood vessels widen to decrease blood pressure and heart rate. As such, massage aids in reducing hypertension – one of the most prominent forecasters of cardiovascular disease.
Show your special someone that your truly care - get them a massage voucher! Or better yet, share the love & relaxation and book in for a couples massage on Valentines day.