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How Regular Massages are Better than Peanut Butter and Jelly!

It seems too good to be true, but getting regular massages can actually improve your health! Below we’ll look at the many benefits of massages and the science behind them. Reduce Anxiety By stimulating the nervous system, massages have been shown to reduce cortisol levels, a hormone that is released in response to stress, by up to 50%. Massages also increase the levels of neurotransmitters that reduce depression. Relieve Digestive Disorders Massage therapists are trained to feel tightness and abnormalities in your muscles throughout the body. By massaging the abdominal area, they can also feel firmness and tightness due to congestion in the digestive tract. By massaging these areas, massage therapists can relax muscles to let the material flow naturally through the system. These massages can reduce symptoms such as: gas, bloating, cramping, and constipation. Headaches Proactive massages can help prevent migraines and tension headaches by relaxing muscle spasms in the head, face, shoulders, and neck. These are common trigger points for headaches. For those who are suffering from severe headaches and need immediate relief, massages can help reduce the existing pain and make the headache easier to cope with. Reduces Blood Pressure Studies show that a program of regular massages over an extended period of time helps reduce diastolic and systolic blood pressure. By reducing cortisol levels in the blood, massages help people reduce stress, which is a leading cause of high blood pressure. Nerve Pain A pinched or damaged nerve can cause a lot of pain. Though massages don’t treat the nerve itself, they can be used to relax the areas surrounding the nerve to reduce muscle spasms that may cause the pain to flare up. Soft Tissue Strains Muscle strains are caused by too much tension on a muscle, resulting in a tear. During the period of inactivity that is required for the muscle to heal, scar tissue forms and may cause adverse effects on the muscle, reducing its range of motion or decreasing its physical capabilities. Massage therapy can help keep the surrounding tissue stretched and active during this recuperation period so that your body heals correctly. Sports Injuries Massages greatly improve blood circulation. For those who suffer a sports related injury, massages of the effected region can help increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the recovering organs and tissue, assisting in a more rapid recovery. Strengthens the Immune System Stress and anxiety can take a heavier toll on your body than many realize. Stress tends to affect the sleep quality and dietary well-being of those plagued with it, which reduces the immune system’s ability to combat bacteria and infection. Getting regular massages provides more benefits than just immediate relaxation, it increases your white blood cells and reduces the number of T-cells in your system. In other words, massage helps increase the activity of your body’s fighting cells and improve your immunity overall. There are many physical and mental benefits to receiving massages. They can be one-time massages to help you through isolated incidents, or a series of massages to work through stress and anxiety related problems. One thing is clear though, this alternative medicine is tried and true and is a risk-free alternative to drugs and other, more permanent, procedures.
Article Author: Shelly Jackson is a Registered Massage Therapist and owner of Buena Vista Massage Therapy Clinic in Vancouver, BC. On a daily basis we deal with: resolving muscle and movement stiffness and pain; injuries from vehicles or sports; post breast cancer rehab; pregnancy related discomfort; repetitive strain and overuse injuries. We work with clients to reduce their anxiety and stress, improve joint movement, sleep and quality of life. Working with qualified massage therapists is necessary for your continued health. Contact us at 604-538-7166 and we would be happy to answer any questions you have. Photo Source: courtesy of Ambro / Free Digital Photos

Why Seated Massages are Needed After or During Work

Whether a work occupation requires sitting at a desk all day, lifting heavy objects, or bussing tables, overworking will cause stress to the mind and body. The consequences of accumulating stress include sore muscles, low energy and built up tension. This can lead to illnesses and exhaustion if not treated. It is therefore important to balance work, with rest and rejuvenation. Many factors are involved in a healthy balance, and the most fundamental are exercise, healthy eating, regular sleep habits and having fun; but have you heard of seated massages? These massages are growing in popularity as a convenient way to relieve muscle tension and stress during the day. Seated Massage Defined A seated, or chair massage, is a type of oil less massage performed on a person who is seated and fully clothed. The massage is typically performed by insured or certified practitioners. Ergonomic chairs are used which offer support to lean on and rest face down, leaving the back easily accessible. They provide support so the head, torso, legs and arms are properly aligned. These chair massages can be commonly seen in public places such as malls, airports and office buildings, as they are a convenient way to relieve stress and muscle tension without dismantling one’s appearance. What to Expect? When you go to get a seated massage, you will be asked to sit in the ergonomically designed chair, which will hold your body in the proper semi-upright and relaxed position. The therapist will then apply pressure on your shoulders, arms, back and neck. They will often ask you what pressure you would prefer. The goal is to relieve tension and muscle soreness, so a little pain is okay, but you shouldn’t be cringing. Your chosen therapist will generally apply Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques such as compression and kneading. One major advantage of this massage is the convenience; you can reap the benefits in as little as ten minutes. Expect to feel very relaxed when the massage is finished, and possibly want to stay for another one! The Benefits Seated massages have numerous benefits beyond relieving muscle tension and stress. Additionally, they help prevent circulatory problems as the massage can boost blood circulation and facilitate the flow of nutrients throughout the different parts of the body. This can help increase alertness and lower the risk of cardiovascular problems. Another benefit is the effect a massage can have on mood. When working all day, sometimes employees can get stuck in a rut. By relaxing with 10-30 minutes of relief, the body is given a chance to rest. It is like a mini nap which recharges the body’s batteries. Often, this is just what is needed to approach the rest of a to-do list with a fresh attitude. This rejuvenation can also help to strengthen work relationships with colleagues. When running on low during a long work day, seated massages can reduce stress levels, improve mood, reduce muscle pain and improve circulatory problems. This can be a very useful service to help maintain a good work-health balance. We live in an extremely fast-paced world, and it is important to take time-outs to give back to ourselves. Seated massage are a great way to do that.
Article Author: Shelly Jackson is a Registered Massage Therapist and owner of Buena Vista Massage Therapy Clinic in Vancouver, BC. On a daily basis we deal with: resolving muscle and movement stiffness and pain; injuries from vehicles or sports; post breast cancer rehab; pregnancy related discomfort; repetitive strain and overuse injuries. We work with clients to reduce their anxiety and stress, improve joint movement, sleep and quality of life. Working with qualified massage therapists is necessary for your continued health. Contact us at 604-538-7166 and we would be happy to answer any questions you have. Photo Source: courtesy of Master isolated images / Free Digital Photos