By Guest Blogger Alexander Fenn
Alexander is a qualified and certified remedial massage therapist in London, specialising in utilising massage as both a relaxing treat and as a tool for recovery and overall wellbeing. Since launching Fenn Massage in 2013, Alexander has been specialising in deep tissue massage, holistic massage and Indian head massage. Alexander will next be qualified in craniosacral therapy in 2016 and expanding his practice even further. A former competitive runner and tennis instructor, like many ambitious athletes Alexander suffered injury. However, his road to recovery led to an aspiration to support other athletes and acquire an understanding of the many applications of massage therapy. Whilst studying at the London College of Massage, he took the opportunity to focus his final thesis on the benefits of massage for injuries and people with autism. Being dyslexic himself, massage therapy for people with learning difficulties is of particular interest to Alexander, and he continues to focus on the benefits of it. Alexander now treats everyone from celebrities and health enthusiasts to those simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London life. Catering to all individual needs, Alexander carries out private home visits as well as sessions at partner KJW Osteopathy at Notting Hill Gate and his personal Fulham studio.
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Top 6 Benefits of Massage
1. Reduces stress and anxiety
One of the top benefits of holistic massage is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. As holistic massage focuses on your overall wellbeing, you’ll not only reap the physical benefits of a massage, but the massage therapist can offer you tips on stress management after the session. Reducing your stress levels will also improve your long-term health. Increased heart rate, blood pressure, respirations and muscle tension are the body’s immediate responses to stressful situations and overtime can lead to serious illnesses.
2. Balances the digestive system
Frequent massages on the abdomen can vastly improve your digestive system. By stimulating the digestive tract, peristalsis can be encouraged and help your body return to its natural balance.
3. Improves sleep pattern
If you suffer from insomnia or fatigue, massage is great at helping to improve sleep patterns. Massage helps increase your body’s level of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin – both of these hormones help regulate your sleep cycle. Good quality sleep is vital for overall health and wellness.
4. Reduces chronic pain
By increasing the flow of blood and oxygen through your body to inflamed areas, deep tissue massage can be more effective at reducing chronic pain than standard medical remedies, as it releases trapped toxins and helps promote healing. Tight tissue clusters that cause muscle tension – a side effect of chronic pain – can also be loosened through deep tissue massage.
5. Boosts collagen production and improve skin elasticity
If you want a natural way to improve the appearance of your skin, massage is a brilliant non-invasive solution. Massage sessions help boost the production of collagen – the protein that provides your skin with elasticity and strength – which is affected by sun exposure, smoking, poor diet, stress and age. The increased circulation you experience from massage will also help to keep your skin tight.
6. Massage and Healthy Eating
Massage reduces anxiety and depression – but did you know particular foods can also help boost mental health and wellbeing? Protein is vital for feeling happy as the amino acids are the precursors to the chemicals that boost your mood. Serotonin – the bonafide ‘happy’ chemical – comes from the amino acid tryptophan which can be found in low-fat dairy products, eggs, bananas, chicken and turkey. Vitamin D and B are also both important for making serotonin so fill up on oily fish, coconut and almond milk, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, spinach and avocado.