Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! How are you doing? Hopefully you are well and enjoying the season.
This month’s featured author, Suzanne Kane, shares some of her insightful observations on several of massage’s best benefits in these excerpts from her online article.
The beauty of massage is that it benefits the whole person and contributes to bringing all the body’s systems back into balance.
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Enjoy the rest of this issue; see you soon for your next soothing massage!
Hidden Benefits of a Good Massage
By Suzanne Kane
Aside from the fact that a good massage makes you feel better, what are some of the other benefits to this practice? As a longtime advocate for massage, I decided to delve into its not-as-well-known aspects to see what else it offers beside a well-spent hour on the table. What I discovered are the following hidden benefits of a good massage.
Massage loosens muscles
Being in physical therapy for a recent low back pain episode means I’m working muscles that have not seen regular activity for some time. That results in soreness that proves I’m doing things right, but it’s also a little uncomfortable. While the therapy starts with dry heat and then massage before exercise, I also find that getting a good massage at times other than during physical therapy helps loosen those tight, sore muscles. ...
Stress and tension melt away
Everyday stress is unavoidable in today’s fast-paced world. Tension headaches, tightness in your shoulders, stomachaches and assorted pains are signs of built-up stress. The confident hands of an expert massage therapist help melt all that stress and tension. This is a case where you don’t need to do anything other than relax and feel your body ease a sigh of relief. As you breathe in and out, visualize the stress and tension escaping, like a dark cloud being chased by the wind. The warmth you feel is like the sun bringing life and energy to every part of your body.
For people with impaired vascular function or limited mobility, research has shown that regular massage may offer significant benefits, especially in improved circulation. A study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that massage helped improve vascular function in people who had not exercised. Researchers said this suggested the benefits of massage for circulatory function for anyone regardless of level of physical activity. Those with physical injury who underwent massage showed improved blood flow and vascular function was changed at a distance from the site of the injury and the massage. When you’re on the table, you can almost feel your circulation changing. At least, I can. This can’t be just my imagination. My massage therapist says my overall skin color—a nice pink—is evidence of the improved circulation. No wonder I feel good afterward.
Massage contributes to healing, especially after surgery
One of massage’s biggest benefits, in my opinion, is how it aids in healing the body post-surgery. Having had several operations for carpal tunnel syndrome, a reconstructed leg, cyst and tumor removal, and so on, I can attest to the relief from pain that strategic therapeutic massage delivers. When you alleviate pain, your body is better able to heal. There’s less focus and concentration on what hurts, and the body does what it does best: function properly. This means all-systems-go for jumpstarting healing.
Yet it doesn’t only apply to those who’ve had surgery. Any painful injury or overworked muscles can be helped through massage. Just be sure the massage therapist knows where it hurts and tell him or her how much pressure to use. The idea isn’t to feel pain, but to allow the therapist to take you just up to that point while breathing in and out deeply.
Releasing tense muscles, easing the stiffness, and helping alleviate pain are the end results of a good massage that are worth any temporary discomfort.
Have you scheduled your next massage appointment?
Having your next session already planned offers you:
- Something special to look forward to (“It’s been a tough week, but only 2 more days until my massage!”)
- Less stress—you don’t have to think about having to call
- Peace of mind
Make regular massage sessions a way of life!
Sitting outweighs exercise—
People who exercise regularly may still be at risk for heart disease and diabetes if they spend the rest of their day sitting behind a desk or sprawled on the sofa. Indeed, an American Heart Association (AHA) study found U.S. adults are sedentary for up to eight hours each day. It doesn’t help matters that fewer than 20 percent of jobs require employees to be active—down from 50 percent in the 1960s, NBCNews.com reports. No amount of exercise can offset the harmful effects that prolonged sitting can have on the heart and blood vessels, the AHA cautions. People should avoid sitting for too long—even if they meet current physical activity recommendations and get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, the group advises. “Given the current state of the science on sedentary behavior,” says AHA’s Deborah Rohm Young, “it is appropriate to promote the advisory ‘Sit less, move more.’”
— The WEEK, 9/1/16
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Inspiration seldom generates action.
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The content of this article is not designed
to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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