More than just a frivolous indulgence, massages reduce cellulite, improve sleep and boost your immune system
1. Ward off colds
Researchers in Los Angeles found regular massages boost your immune system by increasing white blood cells, which fight germs and infection. Swerving winter colds has never felt so good.
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2. Feel happier
Massages decrease stress hormone cortisol while increasing happy hormones serotonin and dopamine, instantly improving your mood (even more than an episode of Peep Show).
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3. Sleep better
Not only do you leave the spa feeling uber chilled, studies show massages positively affect delta waves, the ones that promote deep sleep. Take that, insomnia!
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4. Slim down
Massages increase blood flow while encouraging lymphatic drainage – when toxins leave the cells to make room for nutrients – so they have a firming effect on the whole body. Your cellulite cream can't compete.
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5. Reduce pain
It’s a no-brainer that massages ease back pain, but did you know studies prove they reduce chronic pain as well as, if not better than, medication, acupuncture, exercise and yoga?
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6. Diminish PMS
One study found having a massage can help with all types of PMS, from cramps and bloating to mood swings.
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In London? Book yourself in for a treatment at Spa & Massage. With five locations around the capital, opening hours from 10am to 11pm, a no-appointment-necessary policy and a variety of massage styles from Swedish to Thai, boosting your health with a massage couldn't be easier. To find a spa near you and book in for a 30 or 60-minute treatment, from £35, visit spaandmassage.co.uk
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