There is a lot of debate surrounding the topic of whether or not massage can burn calories.
Some people swear by it, while others think massage doesn’t burn any meaningful amount of calories.
So, what’s the truth?
Does massage really help you lose weight?
Well, let’s take a closer look at the evidence and find out for sure (I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised)!
Does Massage Burn Calories?
There are a few studies that suggest that massage can, in fact, help you burn calories.
One study found that a 45-minute Swedish massage Burned an average of 140 calories.
That might not sound like a lot, but it’s actually more than the number of calories burned during a 30-minute walk (which is around 120 calories).
Another study found that a 60-minute Thai massage can burn as many as 210 calories.
So, it’s clear that massage can help you burn a few extra calories.
Now, it’s not as simple as getting a massage a day and hitting your weight loss goals, however.
Massage does burn calories, and it encourages lymphatic flow and circulation – but if you want to lose weight in a healthy way you’ll also need to make some other healthy lifestyle choices.
Related: How long a typical Swedish massage takes.
Can Massages Help You Lose Weight?
Yes, massages can help you lose weight – but they should be used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle choices like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
If you’re looking for a way to jumpstart your weight loss journey, getting a massage (or two) could be a great place to start!
Plus, there are various other benefits to getting regular massages, such as:
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved circulation
- Lowered blood pressure
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved sleep quality
So, what are you waiting for? Book yourself a massage today and start reaping the benefits! (Just don’t forget to eat healthily and exercise too).
Can Massage Break up Belly Fat?
Now that we know massage can help you burn calories and promote weight loss, you might be wondering if massage can also help you target specific areas of fat, like belly fat.
There is some evidence to suggest that the right type of massage can help you lose some belly fat, yes.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people who received a 30-minute abdominal massage three times per week for five weeks lost an inch of belly fat.
Another study found that people who received a 60-minute massage five times per week for six weeks had reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with belly fat.
So, it seems that massage can help you lose some belly fat – but again, it’s important to remember that massage should be used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle choices for the best results.
Does a Massage Count as Exercise?
Now that we know massages can help you burn calories, you might be wondering if a massage counts as exercise.
The answer is that it depends.
If you’re getting a vigorous massage that really gets your heart rate up, then yes, it can count as exercise.
Just like exercise, a massage can boost your metabolism, and as we’ve discussed, massage can help burn some calories.
A massage is not a substitute for exercise, however, it would be awesome if it was!
Does A Massage Chair Burn Calories?
If you’re wondering if you can buy a massage chair and burn calories without having to go to a massage therapist – the answer is yes!
Massage chairs use a variety of techniques to help you relax, and they also provide a great way to get a massage without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
Plus, some massage chairs even have built-in heaters and/or rollers that can help you burn even more calories.
But again, please keep in mind that massage – and the same applies to a massage chair – is not a suitable alternative to getting exercise.
A massage chair is a great way to supplement your workout routine, especially post workout, but it should not be used as a replacement for exercise.
Related: 9 Reasons to be a massage therapist!
So, there you have it! Massages can help you burn calories and promote weight loss – but they should be used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle choices for the best results.
If you’re looking for a way to complement your weight loss journey and enjoy some other benefits, getting regular massages is incredibly beneficial.
Header Photo by Bas Peperzak on Unsplash
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.