Yes. The short answer is YES. Massage therapy is effective in relieving pain, reducing stress, improving circulation, and improving range of motion. It can also help to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and depression, and boost the immune system.

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Does massage work? Feel relaxed after a work massage? There’s some science behind that.

There are many other areas where massage helps.

Massage and pain relief

Massage therapy can help to relieve pain by reducing muscle tension, increasing blood flow, and releasing endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.

Massage and stress

Just one 15 minute massage can reduce stress by stimulating the release of oxytocin, a hormone that has calming effects – produced in the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. Oxytocin can reduce stress and anxiety and promote feelings of well-being and happiness. It can also increase feelings of trust, empathy, and cooperation.

Imagine how much stress each team member will lose with one short massage every week.

Improved circulation

A massage improves circulation by increasing blood flow and lymph flow. This can help to remove toxins from the body and improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Massage also reduces inflammation, our body’s natural response to injury or infection. Chronic inflammation can damage tissues and lead to disease.

human circulatory system

By increasing fluidic flow, even a 10 minute massage is fighting inflammation.

Improved range of motion

Massage therapy can help to improve range of motion by loosening tight muscles and fascia. Read our article about plantar faciitis and our piece about massaging the hands.

Improve sleep quality

Massage improves sleep quality by reducing stress and relaxing the body.

Reduced anxiety and depression

Massage therapy can help to reduce anxiety and depression by stimulating the release of endorphins and oxytocin. It can also help with other mental health issues present in the workplace.

Boost your immune system

Massage therapy can help to boost the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph flow. This will help your body to fight off infection.

If you are considering massage therapy for your work team or group, it is important to find a qualified massage therapist trained in the type of massage you are interested in. You should also let the therapist know about any health conditions you have so that they can adjust the massage accordingly.

Here’s a great video produced by the BBC.

Does Massage Work? (BBC Podcast)

Different flavours of massage

There are many massage types and we can suit the massage style requested by any team member on the day of your massage.

Swedish massage

This is the most common type of massage. It uses long, flowing strokes to relax the muscles.

Deep tissue massage

This type of massage uses more pressure to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia.

Sports massage

This massage helps athletes recover from injuries and improve performance.

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Perth Corporate Massage can also do team sports massage.

Trigger point massage

This type of massage focuses on releasing specific points of tension in the muscles.

Aromatherapy massage

This type of massage uses essential oils to promote relaxation and healing. There’s been some debate and research into aromatherapy of late. Usually seen as a super-alternative form of medication, not only has aromatherapy proved useful when used in combination with massage, but just this month, aromatherapy has been used on Alzheimer’s patients with incredible results:

Medical News Today is a fantastic website if you’re into keeping up with the latest in health research.

One interesting observation is that natural therapies – those not normally associated with hard medical solutions are gaining traction and moving into the canon of regular medical practice and teaching. It’s quite eye-opening to see.

Next thing I expect to read in hard-science journals is that our Earth really is moving into a higher dimension where we will meet the Archons and become one with the Universal consciousness.

But I’m not holding my breath.

Edwin Lynch

Lecturer and tutor for School of Arts & Humanities and Research Assistant for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.


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