5 Ways a Massage Can Help With Weight Loss

5 Ways a Massage Can Help With Weight Loss

We all know how difficult it can be when it comes to losing weight. Well, we’ll show you how a simple regular massage can make it easier.

Life can be stressful. Keeping up with work, family, and friends isn’t easy. We sometimes don’t have much time to look after our health properly.

You, like many others, may find it difficult to lose weight due to your hectic lifestyle. From fitting in the school run before the board meeting, to rushing from the office to a night out with your friends (via a pit stop at home)

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.

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’

The way your body loses weight is through something called calorific deficit. This is where you burn more calories than you consume.

A massage has a range of benefits that helps this process. We’ve outlined 5 of them:

#1 Kick Starts Your Metabolism

A massage can help boost your metabolism

Life, is as wonderful as it is stressful. From traffic jams during rush hour to working late all week.

These things can cause a lot of stress that slows down your metabolism. This makes it harder to shed that Friday night fudge cake from your thighs.

Massages have been proven to reduce stress, which speeds up your metabolism.

This means that you can feel a little less guilty about eating conventionally unhealthy foods.

#2 Makes Nutrients Easier to Absorb

A massage can help your body easily absorb nutrients

You know all the healthy foods that you eat (or at least plan to) like fruit and vegetables?

They’re good for you because of what’s inside them of course.

But did you know that if you’re stressed out all that natural goodness won’t make it into your body?

That’s right, if you’re stressed out it will negatively effect how your body processes nutrients.

This happens by slowing down or sometimes even halting your digestive system. Preventing the nourishing nutrients from getting into your system.

So if you’re trying to eat healthy. But you’re also stressed. Eating the entire fruit bowl won’t actually do much to improve your health.

Not to worry though, all you have to do is reduce your stress levels, and that can be done by getting a good massage. (It has to be good, everyone can massage but not everyone can massage well)

The more healthy nutrients and oxygen you’re able to absorb the better condition your body will be in. And the more likely you are to lose excess weight and maintain a healthy weight.

#3 Injury Prevention

Prevent injury with a regular massage

If you do any type of vigorous physical activity for example:

  • Gym
  • Team Sports
  • Martial Arts
  • Zumba
  • Yoga

Your muscles will be sore post workout (if you’ve worked hard enough). And the more you do these activities the sorer they will be after you finish over time.

This is due to the build up of lactic acid in the muscles. Sore muscles can lead to injury and injury leads to inactivity and is a barrier to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

Having a massage can prevent this from happening. A massage can push the lactic acid that’s built up in your muscles back into your bloodstream.

From there it can leave your body when you head off to the toilet. You can then work out harder, with less rest time in-between sessions.

This in turn means you can burn more calories and lose more weight.

Another little known fact is that your body burns calories to repair the micro tears in your muscles after you work out. So even after you finish working out, your body is still burning calories for an hour or two. Brilliant right? Even after working out, your body is still ‘working out’.

#4 Get Rid of Toxins

Toxins are another enemy of weight loss. Why? Because they can make fat harder to get rid of.

Toxins are removed from body via your blood vessels and your urine.

The better your blood flow (which is increased through massages and exercise) the easier it is for toxins to leave your body.

This makes it easier for fat to leave your body too, making it easier for your weight to stay at your desired level.

It’s hard enough losing (and keeping off) weight, you don’t need toxins making it even harder.

#5 Wider Range of Flexibility

The more flexible you are, the bigger range of motion you have and the wider the range of exercise you can do.

This in turn helps you burn more calories as your body can move more.

Massages can help your muscles increase their level of flexibility. The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to have muscular injuries (e.g. tears, strains etc.)

  • A better digestive system
  • Better flexibility
  • More efficient metabolism
  • Less toxins in your body
  • Less injuries

The next time someone asks why you’re going for a massage, tell them one, or more of these reasons.

A massage isn’t a treat, it helps you lose weight and is an important part of healthy lifestyle. Hence they aren’t just for athletes, you can, and should have them too.

So with all that in mind, why not make an appointment to get your massage today. We promise you’ll leave feeling better than when you arrived.