Five Prevailing Benefits of Massage Therapy

Being one of my most popular forms of complementary medicine, massage therapy has a very long history in cultures around the world. In the modern society, people use it for different health purposes, no wonder why there are more than 200 types of massage techniques practised today. al Covo offers more than 15 types of massage, including hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage, lymphatic drainage, indian head massage, relaxing (Swedish) massage, sports massage, remedial massage, ayurvedic massage, and hot herbal massage. Mine vary according to a) the type of oil used, b) the hand techniques used, c) any use of tools, such as a compress, jack nobber, a body scrub or stones, d) whether there's any heat involved, e) whether there's any stretching involved, and f) which parts of the body we're massaging (e.g. our speciality back, neck and shoulder). You can see how these 6 combinations create such a vast number of different massages. Come along and try one you fancy, buy some gift vouchers for a friend, or learn with one of my massage training courses. But what benefits do they all have in common?

Why get a massage?

Why not? Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the therapeutic effects of massage and in what way does it achieve such effects. But even before scientists uncovered the amazing benefits of massage therapy, millions of people have relied on it to achieve the following beneficial rewards:

Stress Relief and Relaxation

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A guide to boost your winter immune system.

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Our immune system is a complex network made up of more than white blood cells. It includes our skin which acts as a physical barrier to harmful microbes. Our lymphatic system also plays a large role in immunity and includes the lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic organs such as the spleen, which help to remove toxins from tissue within the body and transport potentially harmful microbes to cells that can help disarm them. More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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