More than just feeling good, massage can cure what ails you
Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support. When you bump your head or have a sore calf, the natural response is to rub it to feel better. The same was true of our earliest ancestors. As the holidays approach so does the opportunity for increased anxiety and stress-related illness. Staying healthy is key to maintaining your ability to take whatever life has to throw at you. Why not lower stress levels by boosting your immunity system thereby reducing the risk of colds, flu, and other viral infections. After all the last thing you want is to get sick and miss work or school. Massage therapy as a preventive measure and part of an ongoing care regimen can mean fewer visits to the doctor, as well as fewer co-pays, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. There is now an increasing amount of scientific proof of the benefits of massage. These benefits range from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers blood pressure, increases circulation, improves injury recovery, encourages deep sleep, and increases concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
You may be trimming some extras out of your budget, as many Americans are. When weighing what goes and what stays, consider what an excellent value massage is, especially in relation to things that may be less valuable, but still cost you plenty. The price of massage has remained stable in recent years, while the cost of movies, dining out, and sports events have risen.
Massage is a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on you as you work, play, and care for others. Investing in your health is one investment that’s sure to pay off.
What It Does: In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive, and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
At Home: Children are sensitive and quickly pick up on tension in a household. Massage therapy creates healthier more relaxed moms and dads. Parents who are taking care of themselves are more likely to be better caregivers and provide a sense of security for their kids. This goes for caregivers of aging parents and other family members
At Work: It’s no secret that taking preventive measures can help forestall illnesses and lost work time especially when you may be asked to produce more with fewer resources. Massage therapy is well-known for its improved sleep and relaxation properties. In the office the resulting increased energy and clear focus will sharpen your decision-making skills and enhance overall the performance