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How massages help weight loss

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If your weight loss battle is creating stress, then you may want to try a different approach. Massages can help you relax, but they can also help you reach your weight loss goals faster. Researchers have found multiple benefits from massage that include pain reduction and improved sleep. Now, more people are reporting the advantages of using this relaxation method to shed pounds.


The importance of stress reduction

Many studies have linked obesity to high stress levels, so it is not surprising that massages, which help reduce stress, can help your waistline. Researchers at the University of Auckland found that massage therapy helped reduce migraines in patients because their stress levels went down, and their sleep improved.

It is easy to forget the importance of relaxation as you focus on losing weight and changing your body. However, cutting out stress is a key component because stress forces your body to release cortisol, which is a hormone that makes you hungry. You overeat, gain weight and end up in a cycle that damages your body.

The type of massage you pick can be important too. Traditional aromatherapy massage is an obvious choice for relaxation, and Thai massage, with its stretches and pressure points, has been shown to reduce stress. There are a couple of varieties of Thai massage both of which focus on the pressure points that are beneficial for stress reduction and pain relief.

Despite the prevalence of stress in today’s society, massages can make a real difference in how you feel by helping calm the body and mind and enabling you to focus your energy on weight loss.

Better circulation and massages

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One of the benefits of massage therapy is better circulation in the body. A stronger and healthier circulation system helps your cells get the nutrients they need to function. This is an important part of the weight loss battle because proper nutrition without good circulation hurts your ability to reach your goals. For example, muscles that are supplied with the right amount of nutrients through circulation are able to work better and burn more calories.

The dreaded cellulite fight

Many people who are trying to lose weight are also dealing with cellulite that they hate. Cellulite is subcutaneous fat that appears as dimples and is difficult to eliminate. In many cases, losing weight does not eradicate cellulite and can actually make it look worse. However, this is another area that massage can help.

Beauty experts have found that massages that target the body parts with cellulite can help break up the fat and reduce its appearance. In particular, deep-tissue massage seems to be the most effective, and having multiple sessions can improve the way the skin looks. The annoying dimples can fade with ongoing massage therapy. It is also important to note that lymphatic drainage massage has helped many people feel better. Massage can help the lymph nodes drain and aid the immune system.

Final thoughts

Massage has many benefits, and it should not be ignored as you try to lose weight. From relaxation to better circulation, massage therapy can help your body and make you feel good at the same time. Your weight loss battle does not have to be filled with ongoing struggles in the gym and counting calories. It is important to incorporate methods such as massage into your plans, so your body can relax and heal.

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