Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! With Spring being the season of rebirth and growth, it’s the ideal time to get more physically active. This month’s issue features some positive health news to inspire you toward getting into motion—and to schedule your next health-supporting massage!
The lead article is a great reminder of the many health benefits your regular massages can provide you.
The article on posture, written by a chiropractor, offers insights into preventing back pain that you can do on your own.
Of course, massage is a wonderful way to lessen back problems, support better posture, and help your body maintain homeostasis (the tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment).
It won’t be long until Mother’s Day is here; make it a special day with a massage gift certificate—just call to order.
See you soon!
Staying “Heart Healthy” Through Massage Therapy
by Stephanie Hale-Lopez
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Cardiovascular disease costs the U.S. over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity. The good news is you can control a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including: diet, physical activity, tobacco use, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.
Denise Dubois, owner of Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness in New York, says a regular massage regimen is a great way to begin a healthy relationship with your heart.
“Massage therapy helps to reduce stress, induces relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing; and I think it’s very important in today’s stressful world that we live in,” said Dubois.
Various research studies show a good massage, done by a skilled and qualified therapist, can stimulate the nerve endings in skin, release endorphins and inhibit the stress hormones—cortisol and adrenaline. Blood will also circulate more efficiently, diastolic and systolic blood pressure will drop and heart rates will slow down...
“The health benefits really come from having [massage therapy] done regularly,” said Dubois. “People need to come in at least once a month and in some cases, especially for heart health, twice a month to really get those benefits.”...
Strengthen Your Posture — Sit Stronger to Control Back Pain
by Steven Weiniger, DC
If you have back pain, you probably know your posture isn't good. If you sit for much of your waking day, you're training your body to be slumped over into folded, or "weak," posture. However, even though you may never be perfectly straight, there are ways to relieve your pain by strengthening your posture.
Low-back pain from sitting is a result of mechanical stress on the body. This is called poor biomechanics. When the body is not mechanically well aligned, posture, and therefore balance, is weak. When you stand up with weak posture, the simple act of balancing will overwork some muscles and cause stress on joints. The key to reducing this strain is to improve balance and the ability to control how you balance, and to retrain muscles and nerves for less pain and better function.
Step one toward stronger posture is improving the symmetry of how your body moves on each side. In fact, just changing the position from which you move can help free up locked and stiff joints, resulting in stronger posture and less pain.
The Sitting Leg-Cross Stretch (below) is an easy back and hip stretch you can do at your desk. You can use your office chair or, if you want to challenge yourself, do the stretch while sitting on an exercise ball.
Sit tall and strong on the front edge of a chair or ball, as you cross your left leg over the right knee. Pull your belly in to brace your core. As you breathe out, keep your head and shoulders aligned as you pull your body forward. Take 2-3 breaths, and come up with your posture still strong. Repeat on the other side.
The dangers of sitting— Want to reduce your chances of dying early? Get off your butt. A comprehensive analysis of 47 studies examining links between sitting and mortality has produced a definitive conclusion: People who sit most of the day have an increased chance of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and tend to have shorter life spans. Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto found that those who sat for long periods were 24 percent more likely to die from health problems than those who sat less. They also established that while exercise helps, it can not completely counteract the negative effects of sitting. The study authors didn’t determine exactly how much sitting was too much, but suggested that exceeding a total of eight hours a day could lead to an increased risk of health problems. Lead researcher Aviroop Biswas advised people to get up from their chairs or couches as often as possible. “When you’re sitting, think of ways to stand,” he tells LiveScience.com. “Move as much as you can when you’re not exercising.”
— The WEEK Feb. 5, 2015
Commit to your health & schedule your next massage!
Regular appointments can:
- Help support better health
- Minimize stress
- Strengthen your immune system
- Give you something to look forward to each month
- Make you feel great!
It is easy to work when the soul is at play.
— Emily Dickinson
The content of this article is not designed
to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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