”Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!” ~Author Unknown
Why is drinking water a good idea ?:
–”Fewer cramps and strains; Proper hydration keeps your joints and muscles lubricated so you are less likely to hurt them. Staying hydrated, keeps you from being sick; Water can help improve the immune system and fight against the flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack.” ~Massage Advancer
MASSAGE THERAPY – GOOD MEDICINE
Evidence shows, the more Massage Therapy you allow yourself, the better you feel.
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. Think of the last time you bumped your head or had a sore calf. How did you react? You rubbed it, right? The same was true of our earliest ancestors. Healers throughout time and the world have instinctively and, independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch. Many are still in use today, and with good reason. There is now scientific proof of the benefits of massage. Benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage therapy is utilized as a preventative, frequent treatment. So, not only does Massage Therapy feel good, but it can help what ails you.
The Consequences of Stress: Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork 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, Therapeutic Massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Massage Therapy is a great additive for good health, and can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
The incredible benefits of Massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular “doses.” Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami, is known for her Therapeutic Massage research, along with colleague Tiffany Field. Together, they and other researchers have done outstanding work proving the value of massage. While their studies have shown we can benefit from massage even in small doses (15 minutes of chair massage or a half-hour table session), Hernandez-Reif says they know from their research that receiving bodywork 2-3 times a week is highly beneficial. And if we lived in a fantasy world, Hernandez-Reif has the answer. “I feel a daily massage is optimal.”
It’s wonderful, when a Therapist begins unwinding those stress-tightened muscles, and the day’s troubles begin to fade away. This ‘Good Medicine’ only gets better with frequency. Massage Therapy offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.To learn more about the benefits of Massage Therapy,
contact Linda Hatch-Lester of Tri-Massage Plus; Grand Rapids, MI.
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