Stress and tension relief is one of the most prominent benefits of massage therapy today. It’s also a key component for anyone in the process of achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Taking care of the body, ‘our temple’ should be a priority for everyone in life. By adding therapeutic massage to your daily life will help you to feel, look and simply feel healthier. Stress relief can also improve your vitality, energy levels, overall wellbeing and state of awareness.
Benefits of Stress Relief:
*Lowers Heart Rate
*Lowers Blood Pressure
*Relaxes Muscles and Joints
The body can produce an unhealthy buildup of excess hormones and lactic acid when we become stressed in our life. Pent-up levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol, and the “chemical compound” lactic acid can lead to symptoms of sleeplessness, headaches, emotional & mental imbalances, digestive problems, muscular and joint stiffness and pain.
Therapeutic Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol and lactic acid levels in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual recovery. In fact, massage triggers a brain chemical release of endorphins, which can result in long standing feelings of relaxation, happiness, lowered stress, improved mood and mental stability.
Benefits of Improved Relaxation
*Improves mental stability
*Allows for better handling of life’s pressures and stresses
*Reinforces a much more positive attitude and outlook
*Promotes relaxed states of mental, emotional and spiritual awareness
*Enhances calm, peaceful, and creative thinking
Most people are unaware of their posture throughout the day. Improper posture can lead to muscle strain, soreness and stiffness. When you hunch forward on a constant basis, your body and spine become unaligned. Your muscles begin to push, pull and condense when we are not aware of the proper posture, and can cause extreme discomfort.
Therapeutic Massage can relax the muscles that are inducing the improper posture, allowing the body to re-position itself in its natural state of being; head held high, with shoulders pulled back.
Benefits of Improved Posture
*Muscles are loosened and relaxed
*Greater joint mobility
*Pressure points are relieved
*Improved Blood Circulation
Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion:
Therapeutic Massage stimulates the production of the body’s natural internal lubricants to keep joint and muscular flexibility at a maximum and optimal level.
Benefits of Flexibility
*Increased joint mobility and range of motion
*Increased muscle flexibility
*Can enhance athletic performance
*Helps prevent active lifestyle injuries by staying flexible
Improves the depth of Breathing:
One of the signs of stress, anxiety and muscular tension, is constricted breathing. When the body becomes stressed, our diaphragm begins to constrict. It causes the body to take shallow, short breaths which cause oxygen constriction.
Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body and torso are accessory respiratory muscles. If any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns. Therapeutic Massage can lengthen and relax these muscles, with the improvement in breathing capacity and function.
Improved breath function and capacity can also improve posture. This leads to an opening of the chest and diaphragm area needed for optimal lung capacity. When the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage, the breath rate slows and becomes deep and regular.
Benefits of Improving Breathing
*Controls breathing to aid in relaxation
*Increases oxygenated blood flow to all areas of the body
*Increases energy level and vitality
Strengthens the Immune System:
People who experience high levels of stress and tension tend to get sick more than others. Combined stress and tension, with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, the human immune system’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced.
Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage not only help alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.
Benefits of Strengthening the Immune System
*Increases the body’s natural killer (white blood) cells
*Aids in the fight against bacterial and fungal infection
*Naturally enhances the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins needed for an optimal
functioning immune system.
Valentina Marie: Owner of The Soul Intention, LLC, Ordained Minister, Dr. of Metaphysics, Dr. of Divinity, CMT, HHP, Reiki Master, Published Author of The Truth Within: Book of Light & Love