How Massage Aids weight Loss
It takes more than a mere reduction in calories for a successful weight loss plan. It requires a tenacious game plan, comprising of range of strategies, to achieve success. A combination of a healthy diet, exercise, and massage with essential oils is offers a comprehensive solution.
It’s common knowledge that massage makes you feel refreshed, both mentally and physically. Massage reduces stress, anxiety, aids recovery from exercise-induced fatigue, and can it help as part of a weight loss regime.
Massage facilitates the interchange of nutrients between the blood and tissue cells, which increases tissue metabolism. Post exercise massage, delivers vital nutrients to muscles, for repair and regeneration of muscle damage. Massage assists in the supply of these nutrients as well as, eliminating waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid.
Certain techniques used in sport and deep tissue massage, improve range of motion and flexibility, and reduce the danger of injury. Healthy, functioning muscles improve circulation and burn calories more effectively. Stretching methods used in sport massage also influences tissue repair, and prevent or break down adhesions and scar tissue that result from muscle tears. Fast and effective recovery from injuries means that you can begin exercising sooner after suffering an injury and getting your weight loss progress back on track.
An accelerated recovery time means fewer workouts missed. Massage has a sedative effect on the nervous system. By helping you to rest, this is a very important element of any exercise program.
Sports massage, used in combination with therapeutic grade essential oils creates an intense synergistic effect.
How Essential Oils Aid Weight Loss
The scents given off by essential oils, is thought to stimulate parts of the brain which in turn has a positive reaction on physical, emotional, and mental states. The human nose can detect a multitude of different odors and the olfactory glands (relating to sense of smell) are capable of almost instantaneous interaction with the brain’s amygdala and hippocampus, parts of the brain, which are responsible for human emotions and memory. Inhaling molecules through the nose also exchanges messages with brain receptors that control blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, attention span, learning, pleasure, and motivation.
While diet and exercise is key to managing weight, many of the barriers to losing weight have a psychophysiological basis. The various dilemmas dieters face can range from; emotional eating, dieting fatigue, lack of consistent motivation, slow metabolism, sugar addiction, low energy, hormone imbalance, or anxiety/depression. Using essential oils as part of an overall wellness program could be the helping hand that guides you to successfully achieve you in your weight loss goals. Below is a small selection of available essential oils, beneficial for weight loss, but is by no means comprehensive.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Commonly used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, and has uplifting aroma, that curbs appetite. Grapefruit contains Nootkatone, which not only boosts energy and endurance, but also increases metabolism. The chemical reactions from Nootkatone, react with tissues of the brain, liver and skeletal muscle, that are believed to increase endurance, allowing the body to utilize body fat more efficiently as fuel, therefor improving athletic performance.
Lemon Essential Oil
Reduces pain, by relieving aches and strains, and has an uplifting effect on mood, preventing negative feeling, therefore strengthening motivation. Lemon also contains limonene, which is effective in reducing fat. When grapefruit oil and, lemon oil are combined, they will increase lipolysis. The molecular structure of lemon essential oil raises norepinephrine levels, a stress hormone and neurotransmitter that is responsible for the fight-or-flight mechanism. Norepinephrine also elevates oxygen levels in the brain for enhanced cognitive function and further improves heart rate and blood flow, which allows muscles to work more efficiently.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Menthol in peppermint, give it an intense, fresh and minty odour. Peppermint oil has calming, and cooling effect on mood. Menthol is a traditional treatment for indigestion. Peppermint oil is an effective muscle relaxer, and when used in conjunction with with caraway oil, has the ability to relax stomach muscles, reduce bloating, and meliorate the flow of bile, which improves digestion. Inhaling the aroma of peppermint may improve memory function and alertness
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon essential oil has a warming and sweet fragrance, that regulates blood sugar levels, improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces inflammation. Insulin is the hormone that allows the body to metabolise carbohydrates and fat by enabling the absorption of blood glucose by either converting it to energy or storing it as fat.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot orange is an intricate blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy notes.
Anxiety and depression can be a cause of emotional eating, leading to weight gain, which in turn develops more negative emotions like guilt and self-criticism.
Bergamot oil has a rapid positive effect on emotions. Bergamot oil lowers cortisol, a stress hormone, which in high levels can lead to belly fat, and chronic fatigue.
Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel essential has an earthy sweet aroma. Fennel is a source of melatonin, the hormone that naturally regulates two systems, sleep/wake homeostasis and the circadian biological clock. In particular, the natural process of staying alert and awake during the day, and getting a restful sleep at night. In addition to a more restful sleep, melatonin has also been found to reduce weight gain by creating more “beige fat” (brown adipose tissue which burns off as energy) rather than “white fat” (which is stored for energy).
Before using essential oils, please obtain some expert help, as some oils should not be used with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, pregnancy, skin sensitivity, UV rays etc.