Benefits of Massage Therapy

3 Ways Massage Can Impact Your Life


 

Your overall heath and lifestyle can be majorly effected by stress, anxiety, and pain. You really need to take care of yourself. According to medical research, there is strong evidence that massage is a great way to alleviate pain and relieve stress and anxiety. 

Pain

Whether it’s muscle strain and soreness from overworking to serious chronic pain, massage therapy is showing positive results. More and more people are seeing its value. According to a survey published in 2017, 41 percent of American adults in the last five years sought out massage for pain relief. 

In 2016, Samueli Institute conducted a meta-analysis of research on massage therapy. They came to the conclusion that massage therapy should be strongly recommended for anyone looking to manage their pain.

 

Stress

Twenty years of scientific research shines a light on the effects of massage on stress. Trigger point therapy has been shown to significantly decrease heart rate and systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. In a clinical controlled study, oxygen consumption and blood pressure levels where reduced after 10 to 15 minutes of chair massage.

 

Anxiety

Research continues to document the impact for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, one randomized study found women with stage 1 and stage 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger, while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning.

(amtamassage.org)

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“Remove stress from the body and the body regenerates itself.”

A Mindful Minute

Simple Approach to Relieving Stress at Your Desk

If you work at a desk and your stress level is high, take a moment (or a few) within your day to sit back, starting from a front-to-back, slowly roll your shoulders up toward your ears. Then take a deep breath from your diaphragm (muscle that supports inhalation) by inflating your belly as far as you can- I like to hold my hand over mine to bring my full awareness to my breath. Hold for 2 -1 thousands and release your breath slowly while thoughtfully counting backwards from 5.

5-4-3-2-1…where are your shoulders now? Do you feel a change?

This technique allows you to be conscious of your breathing, which interrupts the effects of stress by relaxing the central nervous system, while rekindling the mind/body connection.

Congratulations, you’ve just taken the first mindful step in managing your stress and caring for your body which means you’re one step closer to stress-free living!


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Vanessa Yee 

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