February 9, 2023
Massage is often thought of as a way to improve the condition of specific areas of the body, or to achieve an overall feeling of relaxation. But that’s only scratching the surface of what it can do to the human body.
Good massage therapy, administered correctly and in the right environment, can transform a person’s wellbeing, both physically and mentally. In this guide, we’ll explore six of the biggest benefits that massage therapists like you can deliver to your clients, all of which can act as strong selling points for your business.
As long as they’re done properly, any type of massage can help a person improve their physical and mental condition. This applies whether it’s a sports massage that targets the muscles and joints, a relaxing Swedish massage aimed at reducing tension, or even a shiatsu massage that relieves the body of any specific stresses and knots.
The key is to match the right massage approach to the right client, depending on their needs and preferences. For example, somebody who is wanting to relax and destress will be far more suited to aromatherapy or hot stone massages than a more intensive sports massage.
For more detailed information on different types of massage, have a look at our special guide.
The most obvious benefits of a massage are to the body of the person being treated. This will vary from person to person, and across different types of massage, but there are many different positives that a client can take, including:
Muscles and circulation
Massages can help reduce any tightness or stiffness in muscles that can hamper the ability of people to move freely and without any pain. Related to this, a massage can also improve the circulation of blood through the body for a better body condition overall, and reduce any inflammation that may occur in joints over time.
Sleep and energy
When a massage removes any pain or stress from the body, the person being treated will find it much easier to get a good night’s sleep. This can have huge knock-on benefits to a person’s overall health, as they will have more energy and focus during the day, whether they’re at work, at home or exercising. Those who regularly work out will also find their bodies recover from exertion much faster.
Comfort and immune system
Being in regular or constant pain can be extremely draining, both physically and mentally, so a massage that relieves that pain (even if only temporarily) can make a huge difference to a person. With a better condition inside and out, people may also find themselves with a stronger immune response and more able to fend off illnesses and bugs. For older people in particular, this can be especially valuable.
The difference that massage therapy can make to a person’s mental wellbeing is often overlooked, but it can’t be underestimated. While the mental benefits aren’t always obvious, they can be long-lasting and transformative to a person’s life:
Stress and relaxation levels
Perhaps the clearest mental benefit is that people generally feel more relaxed after a massage, and certainly less stressed than they were before it started. This can help people relax more at home and not get overly wound up by things and people around them, which can make a huge difference in day-to-day life.
Mood and relationships
Connected to the previous point, a more relaxed and less stressed person is far more likely to be in a better mood more of the time. This can improve the relationships a person has in their lives, from their partner or family through to their professional relationships at work. It can also help decrease anxiety levels and minimise the risk of people worrying about things in life unnecessarily.
Sense of wellbeing
A massage can help promote a more general sense of wellness within a person: they can feel more balanced and comfortable with the world around them. Even if there is no specific reason that a person comes for a massage, it can still be beneficial for their general wellbeing, acting as a time and space to unwind.
Every type of massage comes with a certain element of risk, whether it’s unintentional injury caused to a client or equipment being lost, damaged or stolen. When these unforeseen incidents occur, having good insurance cover in place is vital, so that you don’t end up out of pocket.
Protectivity offers comprehensive massage therapy insurance to masseurs and masseuses just like you. Including public liability, professional indemnity, equipment cover and more, you can give yourself peace of mind from just a few pounds a month. Take a closer look at our specialist massage therapist insurance here.