BLOG: Benefits of massage

Qfit Staff Blog

Published by: Sam

A great way of improving your health is to have regular massages, that’s right, your path to a healthier lifestyle and successful weight loss can be started by a mind calming, body boosting massage. When used correctly alongside an exercise programme massage can aid with weight loss.

How does massage aid with weight loss?

The hormone cortisol regulates a range of processes in your body including:

  • Controlling blood sugar levels
  • Influencing memory formation
  • Regulating metabolism

But, too much cortisol (brought on by excessive stress) is bad for your health causing:

  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • A weakened immune system

All things that are barriers to weight loss/healthy weight maintenance. Having regular massages can help reduce and prevent stress.

A massage works by causing mechanical (physical effects) and relaxation responses (emotional effects) including the production of serotonin the ‘happy hormone’. This means that massage can greatly help with reducing anxiety, blood pressure and improving sleep.

But starting a new exercise programme can often lead to a few small aches and pains. DONT PANIC. It is our body’s way of telling us we have worked hard and it is perfectly normal and should improve after 2-3 days of painkillers and rest.

Why might it hurt after exercise?

The correct term for this is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

DOMS is a type of muscle conditioning, which means your muscles are adapting to the new activity. The next time you perform the same activity or exercise at the same intensity, there’ll be less muscle tissue damage and reduced soreness. However, that post-workout soreness can often lead us to dread or avoid doing the same workout the next day which can quickly mean motivation is lost and its easy to fall off your exercise programme with the fear its going to hurt.

Massage increases blood circulation, helping provide the oxygen and nutrients that the tissues need for recovery. Massage assists in breaking down the scar tissue and adhesions that cause stiffness and pain during recovery time. This means recovery time is quicker with regular maintence massages and in turn makes it a lot easier to stay motivated and stay on track with that exercise programme. It is also a lovely way to reward yourself for all your hard work.

What to expect from a sports massage?

Your first visit will consist of an initial assessment where I will get a better understanding of your lifestyle (work, hobbies and habits). This helps me determine which muscles may need the most work. I will also look at your posture for any dysfunctions and ask a few questions about your medical history.

I may perform a few special tests or functional movement tests which help me understand things like your flexibility, range of motion at joints and muscle tone. From this I can then get a treatment plan together. This will be explained fully before the massage commences and consent must be given before the massage can proceed.

Your treatment will usually last 30 minutes to 60 minutes and consist of a variation of techniques. At the end of the session I usually add some assisted stretching in to lengthen the muscles. I may give you homecare advice to take home and work on.  Its important to drink lots of water after your massage to stay hydrated.

How much will it cost?

The QFit Gym have a great deal of £15 for a 30minute treatment and £24 for a full one hour treatment.

To book a massage, in the first instance please use our online booking form here.

Thank you, and I hope to see you in 2020

Sam