Keeps You Moving
We are all on the move. Whether you are commuting to work, taking kids to soccer practice or in a flurry of activity at the office, you, like most of us are very busy. But for most people, their activity also includes a great amount of sitting, and our modern lifestyle is frequently the culprit in back pain. Long hours of sitting at work, home, or in cars can lead to an imbalance between muscles that are weak and those that are overworked. On top of that, the stress and strain of a busy demanding life adds to the muscular tension and fatigue, leaving us more vulnerable to injury anytime you overdo it, for example in the yard or at the gym. Staying fit, active and feeling good involves eating right, exercising, and setting aside time for invaluable self-care, like massage and bodywork.
Commuting, Computing Texting
You may have heard, “Sit up straight” when you were a kid, and it was good advice. But our modern lifestyle makes it harder and harder to keep the kind of alignment that helps our bodies feel good. Moreover, when we do try to sit up straight or stretch, our chronically tight muscles resist. Massage therapy can help break the cycle of chronic tightness and imbalance, making stretching more productive and activity more appealing.
Massage does more than knead muscles. It breaks up the tough, stuck connective tissues that lock you into tension. It also helps to reeducate your nervous system to help you attain a new normal. When you pair daily stretching with regular massage sessions, you can counterbalance the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle, giving you more vitality and leaving you feeling great.
Massage Combats Aging
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preventing disease and injury is critical to reducing the expected growth of health-care and long-term care costs, as more than 70 million baby boomers cross the 60-year old threshold. If you’re wondering how you can stave off the effects of aging, the preventative and restorative nature of massage and bodywork might be just what the body ordered.
Improved Circulation, Healthier Skin
Experts say massage revitalizes skin by boosting circulation. The stimulating effect of massage improves cellular function in all three layers of the skin. It also increases the production of skin-nurturing sebum, the skin’s own moisturizer. With massage, the skin becomes more elastic, and muscle tissue becomes more toned and healthy.
Soothing the Pain
Pain is a constant source of grief for many people. Yet, it’s never too late to make amends with your physical self. The passive movement in massage keeps joints more mobile and stimulates the synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints and nourishes the articular cartilage. Massage also prompts the release of endorphins and other pain-reducing neurochemicals.
Immunity and Stress
Did you know that the majority of disease we encounter today is associated with stress? According to WebMD, 42 percent of adults suffer from adverse health effects from stress, and 75 to 90 percent of doctor office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Massage counters the effects of stress while boosting the immune system. Massage encourages the release of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone in the body most often associated with birth and bonding, and activates the parasympathetic nervous system and its relaxation response. Massage also decreases beta brainwave activity, increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the body, and reduces cortisol levels, all of which are linked to decreased stress.