The Secret Benefits of Massage
The Easiest Way to Combat Stress & Fight Fat
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– By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
In other words, I liked it.
It’s true what we’re learning. Stress can cause you to store fat right where you want it the least–in the belly. And what fights stress better than a luxurious massage? It may be the single most enjoyable way to keep the weight off.
If you think adding massage to your lifestyle sounds too good to be true, let’s look at how and why it works:
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Tension and stress lead directly to weight gain. Stress produces the cortisol hormone. Cortisol, besides causing major damage to tissue and nerves when stored up, also signals the production of insulin. Some extra insulin sounds harmless enough, except that it tells your body to store fat in the abdomen, as more and more studies are showing.
To fight this, you can either burn off the cortisol through exercise (still recommended by the way), or keep it from producing in the first place by staying relaxed. Like, say, through a massage.
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Finally, the touch and pressure of massage stimulates blood flow and may help boost your metabolism. You can actually feel your body temperature rise during a massage. And we all know what a higher metabolism can do for keeping weight off. Not only that, but the contact loosens your muscles, which helps with muscle tone and appearance.This has all convinced me to get another massage, soon. Sure, it comes with great mental benefits of well-being, peacefulness and human connection. But next time, I’ll also feel good that I’m not just enjoying myself – I’m working hard to fight that fat!