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Massages are really great unless…

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Massages are really great unless…

We’re big believers in massages. We do it with our kids every night and it has become one of our favourite bedtime ritual for the family. In fact, massage paired with the use of our essential oil blends is a great way to promote more effective absorption of oils into the body. 

Benefits of Massage

Massages are often linked to a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This is really because the massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. It is known that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system. 

Some of the physical benefits of massage also include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • reduced anxiety and depression.
  • heightened mental alertness
  • relaxation
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

Therefore, massages are usually great unless you’re really sick! Here’s why… 

When you’re sick, your body is already on overdrive fighting off a virus. A massage can overstimulate your senses and your bodily functions and could potentially slow down the normal healing of the body. 

The immune system is complex and includes major organs, circulatory system, and lymphatic system. During a massage, the body receives input by way of pressure, heat, and movement—and these things combined may hinder the body’s ability to combat an infection, and move waste through the lymphatic channels and gut effectively. Not to mention, it can be painful, as the body is often more sensitive to the touch when sick. Listen to your body always!

So, keep on oiling regularly to support the recovery process but hold up the massage until you or your child are feeling slightly better. This will help build on the positive associations linked with massages even further along!

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