When you bump your head, hit your funny bone or stub your toe, what is the very first thing you do? OK, after the expletives. Most of us reach out with our hand, cover the injured area and start rubbing. What do you do when a child falls and bumps a knee or scrapes a hand? Reach out with a comforting hand, cover the area and gently rub as you make your way to the first-aid kit – more like second-aid kit.
Therapeutic massage takes this natural instinct of touch to an educated, specific, judicious level that can relieve pain, reduce stress and help you achieve your wellness goals.
Ask yourself this:
Do you have chronic pain, soreness or stiffness?
Do you adjust how you do simple daily tasks, like tie your shoes or wear zipper front coats/sweatshirts instead of pull-overs because of restrictive movement?
Does discomfort wake you up from sleep to shift into a new position of rest?
Do areas ache from over-use in your workout program?
Do you spend many hours of the day in one position at a desk or repeating the same movements throughout the day?
Therapeutic massage and energy bodywork can help achieve your health goals. Overall, massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving joint function. Whether you are the active-athletic type, contemplative-meditation type or more of a weekend warrior, massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving flexibility while easing tension.
Taking care of your SELF, is not a “one-and-I’m-done” type of event. As a piece of a whole program — just like eating right, drinking enough water, and adding some motion to your day — massage is a spoke in the wheel of healthy living. Take the first step toward improved health and sense of well-being by incorporating massage as a proactive part of your wellness plan.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recent research shows “… preliminary data led the researchers to conclude that a single session of Swedish massage produces measurable biological effects and may have an effect on the immune system.”
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