4 Ways Massage Can Help Your Staff Manage Weight

Massage Therapy can’t substitute the effectiveness of a calorie-restricted diet or regular exercise for achieving dramatic weight loss. However, it can provide a good foundation for your staff members’ weight loss goals as well as a part of their weight management routine. Research has proven massage therapy improves the condition of your muscles, thus aiding in the ability to drop those stubborn extra pounds.

Circulation

Massage stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body. This, in turn, has a positive effect on the digestive organs. When your digestive system works properly, your body can absorb and utilize the nutrients it needs to function. It’s also much more efficient at ridding itself of any extra calories, rather than storing them. With more blood flowing through your tissues, your metabolism revs up and is able to dump any excessive waste material your body may be storing for later. We’ve all heard that stress causes a body to think it’s in starvation mode. When your body thinks it’s starving, it latches on and stores any extra calories you may give it.  Clearly, this counteracts against weight loss.

Lactic and Carbonic Acid

Lactic and carbonic acid are stored in muscles. By dumping these waste products from your system, you’ll be able to recover from injury or muscle soreness much more effectively. Massage therapy eliminates stress on muscles, before it has a chance to grow into an injury. By releasing the stored lactic and carbonic acid, muscle soreness can be also avoided.

Healthy Muscles

Healthy muscles burn calories. When you feel better, you move more. When you move more, you burn more calories. It’s a cycle that grows exponentially with each improvement. Massage therapy will aid in toning up all those muscles. Massage can help improve your muscular range of motion, your flexibility, and your overall fitness level. By helping your muscles achieve their best performance, massage encourages deactivated muscles to engage and work. Muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat. So, even as your staff sits at their desk, their body is working harder at burning off those doughnuts from this morning’s meeting.

Alleviate Pain

Massage sessions help in alleviating pain. Massages relax muscles, thus reducing spasms or soreness caused by nerve compression. By releasing superficial layers of muscles, massage can affect the deeper layers within those muscles, allowing them to receive the circulation they need to heal properly. As a result, the patient’s quality of life improves. They’re more likely to continue this trend by making better choices concerning eating and extracurricular activities.

Obviously, massages alone aren’t going to help your staff lose weight. Weight loss is leading a balanced lifestyle of food choices, exercise, and proper rest.  Massage is an essential part of any balanced lifestyle. Massage sessions can also serve as an excellent reward for reaching weight loss or physical fitness goals.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call and book your staff an office massage session. We’re sure you’ll see compelling results!


Gunnar Thelander

Written by: Gunnar Thelander

Gunnar leads Massage Kneads & Wellness as CEO. Gunnar's educational background entails a BS in Exercise & Sports Science from Texas State University, and an MA and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership. He has been a teacher and coach for all individuals in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle to maximize your life in every area. He is currently OSHA certified to speak in areas of Health and Safety in the Workplace, Ergonomics, and a trainer in First Aid/CPR.


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