6 Reasons We Love Leg Massages
So many people don’t know the wonders of a leg massage. A leg massage is a totally relaxing treatment that has numerous benefits for your body.
If you spend all day sitting at a desk or run around a lot for your sporting endeavours, it’s likely that getting a massage for your legs will help in some way.
Here are some of the major benefits of a leg massage;
1. Relieve Muscle Tension
Leg massages can help relieve muscle tension by and relaxing your muscles. This can lead to better blood flow and reduced swelling.
You might notice slight muscle tension when you go to exercise after not having moved much all day, it can be hard to do some techniques that you can usually do without problem. When you’re tense, your muscles become stiff and inflexible. A good leg massage can loosen up tight muscles and increase flexibility.
Our legs are always held in some kind of position (even if you don’t think they are), for example – bent at the knee whilst seated or with lots of pressure into the ankles and feet if you stand. Massage can focus the attention on the muscle groups that you use and make sure they are relaxing.
Leg Massage is also a great tool for reducing leg pain, if you suffer with old injuries or have recently got a niggle in your leg from something like walking up the stairs a little wrong (right there with you…) then a leg massage can help to get rid of some of those annoying pains.
2. Improve Sleep Quality
According to research, massage therapy improves sleep quality.
This is a benefit regardless of where the massage is happening on your body. The body creates serotonin during the massage which in turn helps in the production of melatonin which we need to fall asleep and to have a great night’s rest.
If you have trouble with sleep, try a relaxing full body massage with essential oils. Relaxing music and aromatherapy oils can enhance the experience of a massage. We use essential oils to create a soothing atmosphere during a massage – try lavender oil for its calming properties.
3. Reduce Stress Levels
Stress can cause headaches, backaches, neck pains, and other aches and pains. Massaging the legs can help alleviate these symptoms.
Studies show that massage therapy reduces levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Cortisol is released into the bloodstream when we feel stressed out but as we mentioned above, serotonin is released when you get a massage and this helps to reduce the levels of cortisol in your body.
Massage therapy can improve mood. Research shows that massage therapy can reduce feelings of fatigue, stress, and depression.
4. Promote Better Blood Circulation
Massage therapy can help improve blood circulation. It stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from the body.
The lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids from tissues. The lymph nodes act as filters, removing bacteria and viruses from the blood. By stimulating the lymphatic system, massage therapy promotes healthier blood circulation.
This helps you make sure that your body is getting the blood and oxygen that it needs. Circulation is important for healing injuries and getting rid of brain fog.
5. Boost Immune System Function
Research shows that massage therapy can boost immune function. In fact, it’s been shown to reduce the number of colds and flu cases among people who regularly receive massage therapy.
This works in two ways, firstly massage encourages the white blood cells in our bodies to work more efficiently, healing damage to the body.
Massage also helps to de-stress your immune system. Once again – massage helps in producing serotonin which reduces cortisol, cortisol is an important part of the immune system. Over producing cortisol (stress) can cause inflammation in the body as your immune response goes into overdrive.
6. Help Prevent Injury and Improves Recovery
Regular leg massages can help prevent sports injuries. Studies show that athletes who received regular massages experienced fewer injuries than those who didn’t. Getting a leg massage before an event prepares your muscles for the intense strain that they’re about to go under.
Massage works a little bit like a warm-up, it increases the blood circulation and lengthens the muscles. As we all know, warming up before you take part in strenuous activity is important for performance but also for recovery after the fact.
As you can see, taking care of your legs has so many benefits – from top tier performance in sports to improvements in immune function and moods.
You can book a leg massage with us via our website book button below or simply give us a call on 01628298040, one of the team at the Maidenhead salon will be happy to chat through your options.