Can massage really help us lose weight?
Some of you may be raising your eyebrows at the idea of massage being an aid to weight loss but for those who experience increased stress, massage can be an effective part of their weight loss strategy.
Stress and an increase in Cortisol (The Stress Hormone) can make weight loss a challenge. If Cortisol levels are at a consistently high level, it can actually make us gain weight!
Reducing our stress and Cortisol is an important factor in dropping pounds. Research has shown that regular massage decreases Cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body.
Massage encourages the person to focus on their breathing, offering a prolonged opportunity to quiet the mind and relax the body. Achieving this mind-body balance puts us in a positive physical and mental space or achieving success.
For anyone who has ever tried to lose weight through exercise and a healthy diet, you know how important a positive mental space is to achieving your goal.
Practising self Care in the form of massage allows us to make a deeper connection with our body, improving our self image and sending healthier, more loving messages to our brain.
On a more practical level, massage can help you move through the muscle aches of getting back to the gym. Addressing pain when it starts will help you avoid getting sidetracked by an injury and giving up on your goal of losing weight.
How do you normally celebrate small wins? Most of us choose food as our prize.
Why not choose Massage as a motivational reward for all your hard work?If you are trying to lose weight, consider making regular massage a part of your diet and exercise program. I guarantee you’ll feel lighter in more ways than one.