I bet you wish you could have a massage every day but, in reality, you probably don’t have the time or money to fit this in. So, if you just want to treat yourself every now and again to a relaxing massage, when are the best times to do it?
When you’re experiencing stress
Massage is incredibly effective at relieving stress, so if you’re under a lot of stress at home or at work, or if you’re planning an event such as a wedding that’s proving to be a major source of stress, then a massage is the perfect solution to get you through it. A massage helps you to relax and can improve your sleep quality, and it has been shown to actually reduce the levels of cortisol in your body – that’s the hormone that makes us feel stressed.
Before or after exercise
If you’re preparing to run a race or have just had a particularly hard session at the gym, massage can help you in both situations. Firstly, it can help to prepare your body for intense exercise, making your muscles more flexible and reducing the risk of injury. After exercise, massage helps to speed up recovery and reduce muscle soreness by increasing the blood flow to the area being massaged, which means that more oxygen and essential nutrients are delivered to your muscles.
While you’re pregnant
Pregnancy puts a great demand on your body and can also be a stressful time for expecting mothers. Prenatal massage helps to make your pregnancy less stressful and painful. Massage helps to reduce the swelling around your joints and nerves, which may be under a lot more pressure during pregnancy, reducing joint pain, nerve pain, and back pain. It also helps to regulate hormones, which can have a positive effect on your mood and stress levels, while the relaxing nature of the massage also helps to reduce tension and improve sleep quality.
When you’re celebrating
There doesn’t need to be a source of stress or pain in your life for you to treat yourself or your loved ones to a massage. Maybe you’re just celebrating a special event and want to reward yourself. Couples massages, for example, are a great idea for celebrating an anniversary or valentine’s day. Or, you could treat a friend or family member to a massage for their birthday with one of our gift certificates.
If you fit into any of the above categories and want to treat yourself to a massage, or if you don’t need an excuse to do so, then you can book with us online or get in touch if you have any questions.