Whether you have a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight or you are looking for new methods to continue to lose weight, there is no doubt there are plenty of methods that people swear by. It’s common for the best weight loss results to come from a multi-method approach, and massage can actually be one of these methods. While you cannot expect to reach your desired weight by getting massages alone, it is true that massages can aid your weight loss journey. Here are 3 ways massage therapy can help you throughout your weight loss journey.
One of the most important factors contributing to weight loss is your metabolism. Full body massage increases blood circulation which helps your body get rid of toxins and improves your metabolism. Massages also encourage lymphatic drainage which flushes out fluid from your waist, wrists, ankles, and legs. This reduces puffiness and bloating.
Stress has a major impact on weight gain, and massage is well known to decrease the level of stress and boost endorphins. Just thinking about a stressful event can trigger the release of ghrelin–a gut hormone that sends a signal to the brain to feel hungry–driving you to eat more when you are not hungry. Stress also contributes to poor-quality sleep which is linked to weight gain. Massage therapy helps you relax which ensures a good night’s sleep, further helping you meet your weight loss goals.
Massage also decreases muscle soreness which can inhibit the efficacy of a workout session. If you experience horrible pain or do not have full range of motion, you can’t perform the exercises. Massage keeps your muscles tuned up, eliminates the tension before it progresses, and reduces the delayed onset muscle soreness.
In general, massage can be a great method in assisting the weight loss process. However, it won’t cause significant changes without alterations in your diet and physical activity. If you are interested in trying massage therapy to help with weight loss in the Denver Metro Area, contact us today! The licensed massage therapists at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center would be happy to talk to you about your options and help you throughout your weight loss journey. We even offer nutritional counseling! Contact us to learn more or request an appointment today.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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