There are many positive things attributed to getting a massage, from the release of toxins to simply feeling great. However, some studies suggest that a massage can help you lose weight as well. There are even massage machines you can purchase or have a practitioner use on you that can break up cellulite, ridding you of pounds without any effort whatsoever. Sound too good to be true? It usually is.
The Reality of Massage
Massage therapy is now used in several ways, such as helping stimulate the growth of premature babies, post-surgery physical rehabilitation and yes, in some cases, losing weight. By manipulating the muscles, a massage therapist can set off a chain of events that, more often than not, result in many positive health attributes.
Metabolism is the furnace that keeps your engine running. After a certain age your metabolism can slow down. This sometimes results in weight gain. Regular massage sessions can boost your metabolic rate--jolting it to burn fat faster and help utilize your food intake turning it to energy rather than fat. If you are young, then massage can maintain your fast moving metabolism before it gets sluggish. This does not mean that you do not have to watch your diet but that a combination of healthy food, daily exercise and a weekly massage can be an excellent recipe for losing weight.
If you are finding it difficult to apply your body to a workout regime due to muscle soreness and joint pain, then this would make it easy to stop exercising. A lack of exercise may cause you to pack on the pounds. Fortunately, a massage regiment can reduce muscle soreness by removing toxins such as lactic acid that can build up and cause pain. Post-workout soreness or injury can also be alleviated considerably. Massage brings oxygenated, vitamin- and mineral-rich blood to the the muscles faster. This boosts reparation and enhances everyday activities including exercise. In addition, range of motion when stretching or lifting is also improved. Pain free exercise means that you'll be able to engage in the activity more often and be less susceptible to weight gain.
Fat Cell Attack
Many studies claim that massage can actually burst young roaming fat cells causing them to release their fat causing content and be removed from the system. These claims may have some merit but are yet to be substantiated.
What Kind, How Much, How Long
Getting a massage once or even twice a week on an ongoing basis will enhance your weight loss program and quality of life considerably. Getting a massage even twice a month can help too. If finances are difficult you can contact a local massage program that may have a clinic that needs bodies for their students to practice on. These sessions are usually free and may have a waiting list. One other option that is also free is amateur massage. There are many books available that give basic massage techniques that can be used by friends and loved ones.