Massage can help you lose weight. With an emphasis on ‘helping’. It is sometimes claimed that you can lose weight just by having a regular massage. Unfortunately, that is not true. A massage is a great addition to your weight loss process because you can lose centimeters in size. Besides healthy and varied diet and regular exercise, possibly in combination with guidance from a dietician and personal trainer, this size loss can help you lose weight. Why? Read on.
The benefits of a massage when slimming
Of course, a massage therapist cannot make your body fat disappear. For that, you have to work yourself. Besides size loss, a massage has several benefits that can further promote weight loss.
Massage stimulates the processes in your body
Your body gets a major cleanse during weight loss. Your body is working hard to keep the processes running smoothly. If you exercise more, drink enough water and eat healthier, you will burn more fat. This requires a good metabolism and the proper removal of waste products. A massage can make these processes more effective. This is because the treatment improves blood circulation and stimulates digestion, the elimination of waste products and the removal of fluid from the body.
Massage against emotional eating
Stress or feeling unhappy can cause someone to emotion-eat or stress-eat resulting in obesity. If you are prone to emotion eating, it is important for your weight loss process to address the problem at the source. So deal with stress and unhappy feelings first.
A massage helps you relax and reduces stress. This is due to the production of the feel-good hormones oxytocin, endorphins and serotonin. It has been scientifically proven that a massage lowers the cortisol level (stress hormone) and thus helps to reduce and prevent stress and depressive feelings. Conclusion: a massage makes you relaxed and happy, which reduces the tendency towards emotion eating.
Better skin condition thanks to massage
A masseur kneads and rolls the tissue of the skin. This stimulates the circulation of the skin, allowing beneficial nutrients to reach the skin better. The production of collagen and elastin is also stimulated. These are two substances that are essential for firm, supple skin.
With cellulite or orange peel skin is a somewhat lumpy structure in the skin and subcutaneous connective tissue. It is not a disease and is completely harmless. The name cellulite should not be confused with the medical term ‘cellulitis’. This is a bacterial infection of the subcutaneous tissue.
Cellulite is caused by poor circulation in the connective tissue layer, poor diet, stress, tea and coffee. This can make the body acidic. Our body contains minerals that protect our body from acids. But with an overdose of acids, at a certain point there are no minerals left, so instead of mineral reserves, there are now only waste products. This already causes cellulite. A healthy lifestyle is important for beautiful skin.
In addition, cellulite is often (but not always) a consequence of being overweight. In other cases, the poor drainage of waste products or hormones is the cause. Fat cells accumulate causing bumps and pits. This ‘orange peel’ skin is a thorn in the side of many people who want to lose weight. A slimming massage is very suitable to fight cellulite.
Addressing the problems
You will notice that you need a few treatments to notice a difference. The body has to reconfigure itself through these treatments. Therefore, a course of treatment is really necessary for optimal results.