The Benefits Of Having A Massage

The benefits of a massage

Most of us indulge in a massage as a treat to unwind from the troubles and stresses of everyday life, but it can be beneficial to our bodies and our minds to schedule in regular massage sessions to keep us in tip-top condition.

Jo Murch, Founder and Massage Therapist at Massage and Me reminds us of the real importance of looking after our bodies: “When life is hectic, finding time for our own self-care can seem difficult. However, with 168 hours in a week and over 700 in a month, it puts into perspective that finding one hour for a massage might just be do-able. Let’s not put too much pressure on ourselves, and instead let’s start by congratulating ourselves when we do make time for a massage. Self-care is a real necessity for our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s also important to remember the benefits of massage therapy.”

With massage treatments at the forefront of our spa weekend packages, we know the importance of taking time to care for our bodies, relieve stress, recover from injury and improve blood circulation. In this article, we explore all the benefits of getting regular massages and why everyone should be enjoying a bit of ‘me’ time now and again.

Increases blood circulation

One of the main benefits of getting regular massages, but one that people don’t often know, is that it increases your blood circulation, pumping your blood around your body quicker, which in turn helps relieve pain, muscle tightness and improves overall health.

Nina Sabey a yoga, pilates and meditation teacher known as Sabey Yoga recommends getting a massage on a regular basis if you regularly train or exercise, or suffer from poor circulation:

“If you don’t have time for regular massages there’s still so many benefits of fitting in a massage when you can. Massages increase blood circulation which in turn relieves pain. It also acts as a stress outlet which is proven to naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity. Plus, the fact that muscles loosen and alleviate pain helps your body reposition itself into its natural and pain-free posture. Massages can help bad posture become a thing of the past.”

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Learning To Find Balance: Steph Mcdonald, @betterbeingsteph

I talk to a lot of women everyday because of my work. Inside the studio and out. From all different ages, cultures, race, origins, backgrounds, wealth, health, careers and interests. I also have a fantastic girl friendship group and strong female figures in my family. One thing that crops up again and again is our relationship with food and how to find balance. In fact, every woman I’ve ever spoken to about food or diet, has had or is going through, some sort of difficult relationship with food.

It’s incredibly hard to find balance with healthy eating, fitness, looking and feeling good. At university I dropped down to 46kg which is pretty light for my 5’9 height. I wasn’t trying to loose weight, I was just super stressed with my full on Politics Degree and then Law Degree. Trying to control everything else that I possibly could…fitness, food, relationships and so-on because I was really struggling academically and felt like my entire world would collapse if I didn't get that top job. Now I’ve never had a better balance between fitness, food, lifestyle and being a healthy weight. I am so much better at eating mindfully and everything I do I enjoy! I’ve come to find balance through Yoga, exercise and the big one…giving less of a shit what people think! Yet it wasn’t easy at the start and I want you to know that you are not alone.

The gorgeous Steph pictured above is sending shockwaves across the Wellness scene for her raw, honest and inspiring take on Fitness, Food & Wellbeing Blogging. Awarded the 2017 Rising Social Star for Wellbeing in Australia and the Australian Co-Ambassador for GIRL GAINS (@thegirlgains) a community created with the purpose of bringing together women at events designed to educate, empower and inspire.

Steph was kind enough to let me interview her recently and hope you enjoy this highly insightful interview as much as I do. It would be fantastic to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Nina x

You recently announced you found a Coach to help you with your diet and nutrition. What led you to this step and what have the results been?
I think it took months of exhaustion, fatigue, illnesses and anxiety to realise that something wasn't right with how I was living and treating my body. I'm so stubborn and such a creature of habit, so I'd easily fallen back into a routine that wasn't really nurturing my body or encouraging a healthy existence. I reached rock bottom with my mental and physical health again and just thought "enough is enough!", and reached out for some external help. I'm almost 10 weeks in to my program, and I honestly can't believe how far I've come! Having someone else there for accountability and to steer me in the right direction is just what I needed - because as much as I thought I was doing the right things for myself, I really wasn't! I'm a big believer in receiving professional help and external support when needed - there's absolutely no shame in getting a hand to help!

How has your exercise routine changed?
My exercise has changed dramatically - both in duration and intensity! Prior to signing up with my coach, I was training 6x a week, doing 2 hour long workouts combining a bit of strength and a lot of cardio/circuits/HIIT. I was caught in the trap of thinking that 'more is more', and was pushing myself through the most insane workouts just to get sweaty and reach a calorie burn on my heart rate monitor. I've always loved training, so realising that this wasn't a healthy approach was actually something I found really hard to come to terms with.

Now, I'm training 5 x a week focusing solely on strength and weights. My workouts are now 45-60minutes max, and I am doing no formal cardio (only walking!). It's definitely taken a bit of getting used to, and I have days where I really miss the fast-paced nature of my old workouts, but for now, this is what's more beneficial for my body so I'm determined to stick to it and regain my love for a truly healthy fitness routine.

Tell me your experience with Modbiotics - and who would you recommend this to?
I consumed Modbiotics during my protocol on the ATP Science GutRight product. It was a really interesting experience for me, and I definitely think they helped address some of my long-standing gut issues. I wouldn't say they're the 'solution' or 'answer' to everyone's digestive/gut health concerns, though they can definitely assist with rebalancing the population of bacteria in your gut! I'd recommend it to anyone who is suffering from ongoing gut health issues, has just come off a course of antibiotics, has been ill recently, or has undergone any experience which may have compromised their gut microflora.

What’s your views on the recent outcry over the Government spending big money on Instagram ‘influencers’ in its attempt to promote wellbeing?
I'm personally all for investing in and promoting greater knowledge and awareness about wellbeing! Nowadays, influencers have so much power in promoting certain behaviours, practices and attitudes, and I think it's just become necessary for any business and industry to tap into their platforms as an effective means to communicate ideas.

Obviously, I'm only an advocate for promoting the spread of the right kind of information - but I think there are easy ways to ensure this is done by investing in suitable influencers and creating the right deliverables for them to meet.

Your involvement with @girlgains is truly inspiring in helping women interact, grow friendships and grow. I also see you are soon working with Priceline congratulations! How did these come about and what’s next?
Thank you!
Girl Gains is a movement that started in the UK and quickly grew. The aim is to inspire women through a community that encourages growth and 'gains' in all areas of their life - e.g. their fitness, their relationships, their confidence and their happiness. I met the founder almost 2 years ago and we instantly agreed that Australia needed its own Girl Gains community! I was offered the role of the Australian ambassador and I readily took the opportunity! Over the last 2 years I've hosted monthly events and managed to bring together so many amazing girls for workouts, workshops and brunches. It's honestly been such an empowering way for me to share my passion for health and wellbeing with like-minded women, and I've made friendships that will last me a lifetime from it! I'm honestly so excited to watch our little community grow and spread down under!

You love high protein vegan snacks. What’s your favourite to make? Do you have a favourite recipe to share?
You know me well! I am OBSESSED with snacks! At the moment my favourite recipe is my Single Serve Banana Bread Pudding! Here's the recipe:


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Wanting to put my creative juices to something that matters, I’ve started this blog to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. If you love yoga, pilates, meditation, all things fitness, nutrition, trends/current affairs you’ll feel right at home here. I want you to believe that this Wellness industry has open arms for everyone and you don’t need to be a certain type to feel HEALTHY, HAPPY, HAVE VALUE, RESPECTED and LOVED. I’m all about BALANCE and HONESTY. I want to build an encouraging community of supportive women.

Law graduate and having spent my early twenties slaving away at a top professional service firm, I was over-worked and braindead. Training for a marathon (distracting myself from the bigger picture) saw me fall in love with Yoga. It was a true stress releaser and more importantly at the time an injury preventer. With my industry still suffering from the BIG recession, led me say f*ck it and I became a Yoga Teacher. Overtime I have completely emerged myself into the Wellness industry and achieved some pretty incredible things that I’m proud of and worked with some amazing, inspiring women.

And now I want to help you immerse yourself in a world of health, wealth, laughter and balance.

Through Yoga, Pilates, Reformer, Meditation (studios, rooftops, private, corporate), building a community (particularly Women) and Wellness Events, I have helped so many people in their journey into becoming their true self. AND I LOVE THAT. But I’m also learning from YOU and learning as I go along. I learn something new from the people I teach and work with. AND I LOVE THAT.

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Thank you x

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