By Sarah Jenks

Torture and deprivation seem quite fitting for the typical weight loss regimen. Images of treadmills, six pack abs and weights make us believe that torture is the only way to a hot bod, but what about relaxation and pleasure? That’s right, pleasure and relaxation are actually the most effective ways to lose weight.


And of course, one of best ways to relax and my favorite (ok, second favorite) source of pleasure is to get a massage. They may seem lavish, but they are completely beneficial to your health and weight loss goals (read about this extreme case where a massage therapist was able to tame his client’s thyroid). When you get a massage there are so many benefits that increase weight loss.


  1. Massage releases lactic acid from your muscles which increases flexibility and strength. This makes moving your body easier and more fun, prevents injury, and keeps you from getting sore and fatigued so easily.
  2. Massage increases blood flow to the body, especially to the skin and lipid layer under the skin which helps the body raise its basil metabolic rate. By keeping blood flow throughout the body, you ensure increased oxygen circulation to all bodily tissues, which helps you have radiant, tight and firmer skin.
  3. Massage truly relaxes the body and enables the body to relieve stress. And as you know, stress is one of the main causes for weight gain and retention. By keeping your cortisol levels low by keeping stress under control, your body loses weight more easily.

Massages aren’t just luxurious and fun – they’re a necessary part of the wellness lifestyle to help you lose weight… by accident. So next time you think the gym is the only way to get into that little black dress, maybe you should relax?

Sarah Jenks, founder of, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat. Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”