Many studies have linked massages to improved functioning of the immune system. Massage has been shown to improve production of white blood cells which help growth and repair within the body. The same study was repeated with a focus on how massage effects hormone levels and it showed that people who had Swedish massage twice a week had decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and more oxytocin, the trust hormone.
A relaxing massage can reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Massage has been proven to increase levels of oxytocin in the body, which in turn reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This improves your overall feeling of wellbeing and can reduce blood pressure. Massage can also increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which is helpful for people suffering from depression.
A study published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012 found that massage greatly relieves sore muscles after physical exercise. Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation and help your body recover more quickly.
A 2011 study of lower back pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that Swedish massage or deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic lower back pain. After receiving 1 massage a week for 10 weeks, 1 out of 3 patients were relieved of pain compared to 1 in 25 given ‘usual care’.
Even insomniacs may find it easier to get a good night’s rest after a massage at Olive Tree Wellness. Some people even fall asleep while they are being massaged! Many studies have addressed this phenomenon and accredit it to massage’s affect on delta waves, which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep.
Sooth tired achy limbs, relieve muscle tension, and feel energised by restoring the balance between body and mind. Full body, or can be customised to focus on specific areas, such as neck and shoulders.
45 mins £35 / 60 mins £45 / 90 mins £60
Indian head massage
A relaxing acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to rebalance your body’s energies, as well as helping to relieve aches, pains and tension, as well as being amazing for your hair!
45 mins £35
Top to toe
A relaxing reflexology treatment to feet, followed by traditional Indian head treatment, working on back, shoulders, neck and head – the ultimate relaxation.
1 hour 30 mins – £60
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