You could date massage therapy back thousands of years and find it in many different cultures. Even Hippocrates the father of modern medicine who changed the face of healthcare and paved the way for the scientific study of medicine valued massage therapy as a way to improve and maintain your health.
Quote “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly also in rubbing; for things that have the same name have not always the same effects. For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid … Rubbing can bind and loosen; can make flesh and cause parts to waste.” Hippocrates (460 to 377 B.C.)
The myth! There is a misconception many people share, massage therapy is only a luxury only deserved on special occasions! You may hear someone say “I want to spoil myself with a massage” or “I am treating myself to a massage”
It could be a lack of education or misunderstanding about massage. The fact is, it’s an ally to keeping you well and the vast majority still don’t consider massage therapy as a regular option for better health and vitality.
It’s slowly changing with more and more people taking responsibility for their own health by questioning, investigating and seeking out the truth when it comes to their health. My goal is to provide information that will provide you with new insights that are useful in your path to wellness.
Why not add massage? A light bulb comes on and you are determined to get healthy. You start exercising, you change eating habits by adding a nutritional healthy diet, we all agree two of the most vital life style changes necessary. You don’t include massage, why should you, how is it vital? Adding regular massage therapy session to your health and fitness plan can help motivate you to improve your diet, exercise program and make other positive lifestyle changes.
The ally to keeping you well with health and vitality
The usual suspects, benefits you may be aware of:
Loosen and relax tight muscles, you may not even be aware how much a tight muscle impact on vital things like your posture. The tension creates an imbalance and it becomes a chain reaction that began in one spot and now it’s all over developing adhesions and muscle dysfunction.
Develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function – Massage is a staple of many professional athletes’ training regimens. A minor injury can have an impact on a person’s ability to stay physically active, participate fully in life, or even make a living if it becomes chronic.
Relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain – some massage therapies are specifically recommended for sore muscle tissues. An overly sore muscle cannot function properly. By alleviating or preventing pain, dysfunction can be combated.
Chronic stress, whether you’re stressed because of work, family or time restraints, your body reacts in the same basic way. Stress is unavoidable and can be helpful at times but a problem when it is constant. You need a time out from daily stressors life for just a moment allow your body to relax. Massage can help, here are some of the signs to recognize if you’re dealing with chronic stress: Short temper, headaches, worry, insomnia, muscle tension and soreness, restlessness, poor judgement and depression.
A few Benefits you may not be aware of:
Release endorphins – amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
A study on hospital staff by Alternative Therapies Journal 2008, experienced decreased anxiety, depression and fatigue, increased mental ability and vigor after short regular massage sessions.
Improve hormone and immune function a recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found after a massage significant decrease in proteins and in the hormone which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention. The conclusion a single session produces measurable biological effects and may have an effect on the immune system.
Allergies, my clients are always surprised by this one. Allergies cause your airways to constrict massage improves circulation and opens blocked airway and alleviate your symptoms.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away and so can massage! My hope is by dispelling the myth your quality of life, overall health and well-being can be enhanced by using massage on a regular basis.
If you have included massage therapy already leave a comment, sharing is caring, your story may help and inspire someone else to do the same.
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Review the clinical research studies examining the benefits of massage.
Reviews massage information from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.