MassageThe opinions about this are divided but there are some benefits of massage which more or less indirectly could influence weight loss and help you towards your goals.

The relationship between massage and weight loss is the result of many subtle improvements working together, including better injury prevention and healing. Massage helps heal existing injuries by breaking down scar tissue and other adhesions. This creates a more functional muscle and improves joint integrity. Massage therapists also work to improve your flexibility and range of motion. This makes you less likely to hurt yourself, meaning more productive and pain-free hours in the gym. But there may be some additional benefits to a regular massage.

When you receive a massage, you're impacting the circulatory system. By constantly moving blood to body tissues, your massage therapist increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients your muscles receive. This soothing cycle eases you into much-needed rest and relaxation time.

A gentler Swedish style type of massage relaxes the nervous system by stimulating what is known as the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic state is very restorative to the body. When you accomplish this through massage, it means you'll need less recovery time between workouts and that you can move your fitness routine full speed ahead. Also the reduction of stress hormones circulating may have a positive effect on achieving weight loss.

Weight Loss 1Studies have shown that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can hamper weight loss. Cortisol increases your appetite and your cravings for unhealthy foods. Cortisol also reduces testosterone in men and women, which leads to muscle loss. Muscle burns more calories than body fat. When you lose muscle, your body burns calories less efficiently. Also, cortisol increases fatigue, which makes it more likely that you won't exercise to burn off excess calories.

So you can probably do without massage to achieve your weight loss but depending on your circumstances it could make easier and more likely to sustain what you have achieved.

It's a good idea to have a special consultation with your massage therapist about your new goals and fitness plan so that treatments can be customized to your body's specific needs.