Part 1 – Let's Talk Pain
When do you need a massage? Some would answer NEVER! Some would answer when I am hurting. Unfortunately, the majority of people believe massage is a luxury – that great gift of pampering – that once in a long while treat.
Massage is a luxury and massage can help when you are in pain, but massage can be beneficial in numerous ways to the general health and well-being of an individual. Massage should be considered a necessity, not a frivolous indulgence for the rich and famous. An hour on the table can fight pain, boost your immunity, help you sleep, and more.
Let's Talk Pain -
Massage helps relieve overworked muscles by alleviating soreness and reducing swelling. Researchers say that, if tended within 3 hours of the onset of pain, a strained muscle will be a third less sore and swollen 3 days later than it would be without the therapy. A single session can help muscles bounce back faster. The increase of blood flow to the muscles due to massage can help them heal quicker.
A study lead by Daniel Cherkin compared massage to medication or exercise for easing chronic low back pain. Those studied (400 patients) were able to work and be active versus those getting "usual medical care" which included painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or physical therapy. Yes, I just took a blow to my ego being physical therapy is my first degree and profession.
Massage with a lighter touch has been proven in multiple studies and on my own table as beneficial with arthritic clients. Considering estimates of one out of three people have some kind of arthritis, ranging from Rheumatoid, fibromyalgia, and even carpal tunnel syndrome. The goal with arthritis management should be the emphasis on improving function of the joint and relieving pain. Massage relieves anxiety and stress caused by dealing with arthritis and/or relief of pain and stiffness in specific areas of your body.
Several studies show massage reduces the stress hormone Cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. These slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system's pain receptors. Massage can also lower the production of the neuro-transmitter Substance P, often linked to pain.
Take a hands on approach to wellness with a luxurious massage. More than simple pampering, the healing practice of massage fights pain, improves circulation, increases flexibility, and releases endorphins.
Massage – the natural art of healing
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