Gilly Bharath, a qualified and respected Injury Therapist is now available at the Bracknell Rugby Football Club.
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.
A relaxing massage can reduce anxiety, stress and depression. As I mentioned previously, massage has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This improves your overall feeling of well being and can reduce blood pressure. Massage can also increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which is great for people suffering from depression.
Even insomniacs may find it easier to get a good night’s rest after a Spa Experience massage treatment. Some people even fall asleep while they are being massaged! Many studies have addressed this phenomenon and accredit it to massage’s affect on delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep.
BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Many studies have linked massages to improved functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, massage was shown to improve production of white blood cells which fight against disease. The same study was repeated with a focus on how massage effects hormone levels and it showed that people who had Swedish massage twice a week had decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and more oxytocin, the trust hormone.
A study published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012 found that massage greatly relieves sore muscles after physical exercise. Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and help your body recover more quickly.
A 2011 study of lower back pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that Swedish massage or deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic lower back pain. After receiving 1 massage a week for 10 weeks, 1 out of 3 patients were relieved of pain compared to 1 in 25 given ‘usual care’.
A 2006 study published in the American Archives of Internal Medicine showed that frequent massages could decrease stiffness and pain and improve movement in people with osteoarthritis.
I had been told by the doctor that the pain I was suffering from was caused by a frozen shoulder for which there was no treatment. After an hour of treatment by Gilly on the affected shoulder I was completely pain free and regained full movement in my shoulder.
In March 2003 after discussing my ailments with Mr. Bharath he recommended that I have a few sessions with him to see if he could eliminate some of my aches and pains. After the initial treatment I felt considerably better and was able to have a relatively pain free night’s sleep for the first time in six years.
As a former teacher, I know the difference between someone who has read a book and someone who has absorbed their learning. Gilly always assesses a person before starting any treatment.
After about three sessions I started to feel so much better and four months later I am totally pain free for the first time in 25 years.
After experiencing back pain for 3 months due to a long international flight, I was persuaded to visit Gilly by my husband. After only a few days the pain was completely gone.