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October 2014

Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! The year is moving along and will be over before you know it. Are you getting prepared for the busy end-of-year holiday activities?

The coming months can be an extra stressful time for many, so be sure to make that next massage a high priority! Who has time to be sidelined with illness? Keep supporting your health with relaxing massages!

This issue features an article found online, written by a massage therapist practicing in Southern Florida. She shares some of the major reasons regular massage sessions can enhance your health and overall well-being.

When you make your health a high priority, it can enhance virtually every aspect of your life. When you feel your best, you’re more prepared to take on the world. See you soon!

Massage Therapy Improves Mental and Physical Health and Wellness
by Kamala Wright, LMT

The mind and body are interconnected by hormones and neurotransmitters, which help us to effectively navigate our environments. When faced with the stresses of everyday life, the human body’s sympathetic nervous system is triggered to release cortisol, raise blood pressure, repress hunger and the need for elimination, and prepare the body for fight or flight. While this is a good thing in short bursts, chronic stress is very taxing on the body and also very common in our fast-paced and stressful world. If you do not take restorative steps to relieve stress, it takes a toll on your immune system and adrenal glands, can cause angry outbursts, anxiety, depression and lack of focus and motivation as well as high blood pressure, upset stomach, chest pain, and trouble sleeping. These are very common ailments, and they are all related to mismanaged stress.

Integrating massage therapy into a regular health and wellness routine has been proven to improve mental and physical health, as well as improve attention, stress management, and outlook on life.

Integrating massage therapy into your life relieves stress and encourages the relaxation your body needs to recover and thrive. Clinical studies have shown that receiving a massage therapy session even for just thirty minutes can lower your heart rate, and cortisol and insulin levels significantly. Massage has been shown in studies to control stress hormone levels and reduce depression, anxiety and hostility. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure, which significantly decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

Receiving a massage increases the release of endorphins in your brain, which creates dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters cause the body to relax and induce a sense of peace and wellbeing, allowing your mind and body to restore and rejuvenate. This also improves your general mood, outlook on life, and ability to manage stressful situations.

Serotonin also acts as a pain reliever, which is one of the reasons massage therapy is useful in treating chronic pain. In fact studies have shown massage therapy to relieve pain in patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Chronic pain, back pain and stiff muscles are also common ailments caused by everyday wear and tear on our bodies, including remaining seated or standing for long periods of time. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and improves flexibility by increasing the flow of blood to the muscles of the body. This increased blood flow carries nutrients and oxygen to sore, strained, and tense muscles reducing swelling and stiffness and increasing their range of motion.


More diet news...

With weight playing such an important role in overall health, creating an ideal dietary plan for yourself can make a huge difference in how you feel. There are many points of view on what makes a proper diet. Reading the various studies gives you a broader perspective to draw from, helping you to fine-tune your personal eating plan.

The following article offers new insights into the benefits and drawbacks relating to fats and carbohydrates in your diet.

Shedding pounds with a high-fat diet— Can you lose weight with a diet that places no restrictions on your fat intake? Those who swear by the Atkins plan and other low-carbohydrate regimes have long insisted you can—and new research backs them up, reports The New York Times. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a racially diverse group of 148 obese men and women were given diets to follow. Half were put on low-fat regimes, which limited their total fat intake to less than 30 percent of their daily calories, while the other half followed low-carb diets that involved eating mostly protein and fat. Neither group was given calorie limits. Over the course of a year, those on the low-carb diet lost around 8 pounds more than the low-fat group, shed more body fat, and showed greater improvements in cholesterol levels and other measures of cardiovascular health. Those on the low-fat diet did lose weight, but most of it was muscle, not fat. “This is one of the first long-term trials that’s given these diets without calorie restrictions,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist at Tufts University who was not involved in the study. “It shows that in a free-living setting, cutting your carbs helps you lose weight without focusing on calories.”

— The WEEK, Oct.2, 2014

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!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
— Albert Camus

The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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