Friday 23 February 2018

Pat Henry: A massage is more than a slap on the back

Reduce tension and boost physical and mental well-being with regular Ki massage, says our fitness expert

Library Image. Photo: Getty Images
Library Image. Photo: Getty Images

Pat Henry

The benefits of Ki massage as part of a weight-reducing programme are numerous. For many people massage may seem too much of a luxury to indulge in. You may only consider it if you have injured your back etc, however I outline here some of the reasons you should have a massage.

Massage itself has a written history spanning 5,000 years and has influenced the world. From the beginning, man rubbed his spoons for therapy, mothers caressed their children for comfort.

The earliest book on massage was written as far back as 3,000 BC.

With Ki massage, which is firm but gentle, you will experience the feeling of deep relaxation which allows you to withdraw from everyday stress and come back to face life with new energy. This has an extraordinary effect on your health and mental well-being and when repeated over a period of time, it brings about an outlook which helps everything get better.

A good masseur or masseuse must develop the ability to relax completely, absorb him or herself in the work to bring about a proper state of relaxation for the client. Having a massage you will see why the ability of a masseur has been traditionally held in high regard. Some of the benefits of massage include:

• Increased blood supply to the joints

• Produces muscular relaxation

• Prevents fibrosis in muscles

• Nerves are stimulated and soothed

• Nutrition is increased

• Waste is removed more quickly

Ki massage brings a sense of well-being that is impossible to stimulate through drugs or other artificial means. To be part of this health revolution and improve your life is wonderful in itself. So what I suggest is that if you are on a serious programme of getting healthier, have a regular massage. For those who have never had a Ki massage I suggest you have back and shoulder and neck massage to let go of the tensions you may have and when you get into it a little more you will realise it should be a part of your life.

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