Massage and Weight Loss
You’ve had a fabulous holiday season in the Northwest - you’ve enjoyed your family and friends, the presents were wonderful, and as always, you had plenty to eat and drink! The only trouble is, now you’re faced with your annual weight gain and your annual New Year’s resolution to get it off and get back in shape!
Of course, the first thing on your mind is to start dieting and to get into a regular exercise schedule. You know eating right and exercise are two sure-fire ways to recover from the holiday fun. Here’s a great new addition to your annual “get back in shape” plan – this year add therapeutic massage at Elements Seattle Massage studio to your New Year’s resolution.
Scientists now confirm what massage therapists have always known: massage can be a powerful and effective weight-loss tool. Massage is known to lower stress, improve circulation, increase mobility, and speed recovery from overdoing it at the gym.
Here’s how massage therapy applies to your weight loss plan:
Massage improves circulation and the supply of nutrients to the muscles. After muscles are exercised, vital nutrients must be supplied to them so that they can recover and rebuild themselves. Massage maximizes the supply of these nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow, which helps the muscles grow and burn more calories.
Massage helps break down scar tissue built up from damage to the muscles, which further helps circulation as well as mobility. Also, massage helps flush toxins from the body, meaning your body can focus on the healthy foods you are eating and not the environmental toxins that build up over time, and especially during the holidays.
For those on an aggressive workout schedule, massage can greatly improve your flexibility and range of motion. This will make you less likely to hurt yourself, meaning more productive and pain-free hours in the gym which will result in greater calorie burn and potential weight loss. Massage also helps reduce soreness by stretching, kneading and rubbing the muscles to keep them loose. With all this, there’s no need to take as many rest days, and it’s easy to stay on a normal workout schedule.
If you’re new to massage, or gained more than a few pounds during the holiday festivities, it’s understandable if you feel a little self-conscious about disrobing for a massage. But don’t worry, massage therapists are sensitive to your feelings and realize that nudity is a concern for many people experiencing a massage. Elements Seattle massage therapists are used to seeing all shapes, sizes and conditions of the body and have a perspective that’s no different than other health-care givers. All clients are discretely draped under a sheet and blanket, with only one body part being uncovered at a time. Additionally, you can always undress to your level of comfort, leaving on portions of your clothing or undergarments.
Whether your plan for wellness is a New Year’s resolution, a diet, an exercise plan, or more, always consider incorporating massages at Elements Massage Seattle into your weight-loss routine with a bi-weekly or weekly treatment.
Losing weight is never easy. But thankfully, it’s simple to incorporate massage into the healthy lifestyle you’re building and to make it an on-going part of your life. It’s also a good idea to talk to your Seattle massage therapist or doctor up front to let them know your weight loss goals and fitness routine, and determine how often you are getting massage. Don’t be surprised if there are more massages recommended at the beginning of your wellness plan – this is normal and helps your Elements Seattle massage therapist identify your body’s ways of handling stress and exertion.
Regular massage at Elements Massage in Seattle (Crown Hill), along with regular workouts and correct nutrition, is an important part of any fitness and/or weight loss program. Elements Therapeutic Massage in North Seattle will work with you to create a plan for regular, ongoing massage therapy sessions that fit with your budget and schedule. Find us at www.elementsmassage.com/northseattle.