BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Gone are the days where massage was considered a luxury had only by those going to the spa. Physicians and the public now recognize that regular massage has positive effects on all of our major body systems including the muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic (immune), skeletal, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and the endocrine systems both directly and reflexively.
STRESS & HEALTH
We all know that stress is bad but do you know why? Do you know how stress effects your health and how massage can improve your health? Hans Selye who worked with Leon Chaitow, the developer of the Neuromuscular Technique stated that “Stress in the non-specific agent in disease production.”
Our body reacts to stress in three stages; alarm, resistance and exhaustion. First our body recognizes a stressful situation and our sympathetic nervous system kicks in. This is what you may know as the “fight or flight” response. During this response our eyes dilate, our blood pressure rises, and blood is shunted from the non-essential organ systems like the digestive system.
When stress continues we use up many of our body’s recourses and over time our body’s weakest organ systems start to break down. This makes us more susceptible to colds, diseases and muscular dysfunctions. Our body is naturally designed to fight infections and ward off disease but consistent stress breaks down our defenses so that our immune system starts to miss the foreign invaders that it would typically spot and remove.
When we don’t address and remedy the stress in our lives, stress will take over causing muscle tension, pain, and dysfunction which show up as low back pain, neck pain and headaches. Our body will experience cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, digestive issues such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome, and immune system weakening causing colds and diseases.
The great news is that massage addresses all of the negative effects of stress! Regular massage can re-pattern our nervous and muscular system to address the muscular pain and alleviate stress and headaches. It’s been studied that regular massage can lower blood pressure. Additionally, when we receive massage we increase circulation throughout the body and increase the movement of the lymphatic fluid associated with the immune system which helps us fight off and prevent colds.
So when you’re thinking about your own wellness plan consider adding regular massage. Adding stress relieving methods of self care like massage, yoga, and meditation not only help you “relax” but they make you healthier!
Massage is beneficial for the following:
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle and joint pain or soreness
- Anxiety + depression
- Sleeping difficulties
- Digestive disorders
- Poor circulation
- Cold and allergy season booster
- Poor posture
- Pain relief
- Nervous system disorders
- Pre and post Pregnancy
- Pre and post exercise or sports events
- TMJ discomfort
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Bells Palsy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Raised Shoulder