BODYWORK GOES BEYOND RELAXATION
Healers throughout time have instinctively and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind. Specific physiological and psychological changes occur during a single massage, and build cumulatively when massage is used as a preventative therapy rather than an infrequent luxury. In short, massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.
Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive, and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s been proven to:
• Increase circulation, which in turn moves more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs;
• Stimulate the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system;
• Relax and soften injured and overused muscles;
• Reduce spasms and cramping;
• Increase joint flexibility;
• Reduce recovery time and help prepare the body for strenuous workouts, reducing subsequent muscle pain for athletes at any level;
• Release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Massage is being used more and more commonly in medical scenarios for patients with chronic illness, injury and post-op pain;
• Improve range of motion;
• Decrease discomfort for patients with low back pain; and,
• Relieve pain for migraine sufferers.
Nobel-caliber biophysics researcher Candace Pert, PhD says, “The body is the subconscious.” Knowing that, we can all agree that nurturing the mind/body/spirit connection is the key to promoting true personal and professional success.
For self-care between sessions, here are Stretching Tips for Weekend Warriors.