Most of us look at our budgets, and then we cross our therapeutic massage treatments off our list. What we don’t realize is how important therapeutic massage is to our overall health and how this inexpensive preventative method that can pay off big in the long run.
One of the biggest challenges to our health in the early 21st century is stress. We probably face more stress than our predecessors did. Even though our lifestyle has become easier in some ways, it has become more challenging in others. The speed at which we move and the challenges that we face every day (like driving traffic, working long hours on the computer and being on the telephone) stress our bodies in ways that they were not engineered to handle. Our bodies are wonderful because they compensate for all of our activities, but sometimes they need help.
Stress has also been shown to be the cause of many health problems, and one of the best ways to handle it is to have a balance of rest/relaxation and activity in your life. During a therapeutic massage, your therapist massages your muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, organs, skin, joints, and sometimes your bones. Massage introduces oxygen to places that might not have been receive adequate supply, and thus brings healing to that area. Here are some things you may not know about massage. Massage improves your immune function, so you don’t get sick as often. It improves your ability to tolerate pain and stress. It may stop a cold or flu before they start by detoxifying the body. It helps broken bones heal faster and improves posture and intestinal regularity. It has also been proven many times to improve your outlook on life and your mood.
Feeling good makes you more productive at work, in your relationships and in your creative pursuits. Feeling balanced helps you be more aware of the direction in your life. Feeling relaxed gives you an entire new foundation from which to approach life. Make time in your life for massage. Your investment will return to you many times over.
By Ariel F. Hubbard, Holistic Health Practitioner
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