The Benefits Of Massage Thearpy
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improvingcirculation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain. A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of massage therapy. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Reduce Stress Through Time Management
Everyone has the same amount of time, 24 hours a day. Even though time puts all of us on equal ground, many seem to accomplish more things in a day, even in a lifetime, than others. Since we all have the same amount of time it must be the way we manage it that determines our success.
Manage time well enjoy success and satisfaction/ Time Managed poorly can cause tremendous stress and dissatisfaction with ones life. The first benefit of time management and organization is that it enables us to gain and maintain control over some of the important things in our lives.
“Good organization enables you to establish and accomplish satisfying goals that you would not be able to accomplish if you weren’t organized and focused.” To an amazing extent, you have the power to schedule the events of your life, and the power to say “yes” and “no” to request that are made of you!
To the extent you use that power you can significantly control the amount of stress overload you will experience. Sometimes it can be very difficult to manage your time and be organized so, let me give you a simple tip, if used, could change you life forever!
When Charles Swabb was president of Bethlehem Steel, he came to a place where he felt he had plateaued in his career and wasn’t accomplishing as much as he thought he should. He called in Ivey Lee, a top management consultant of his day, and explained his problem. Ivey Lee observed him for a couple of days and then gave him several suggestions. Charles Swabb said, “What do I owe you?” Ivey Lee replied. “Why don’t you just try my suggestions for a couple of months and send me what you think they’re worth?”
A couple of months later Ivey Lee received a check from Charles Swabb for $25,000. Today, Ivey Lee’s suggested plan is known as;
What was it specifically? It’s very simple.
- Before you go to bed at each night, write down the six most important things you have to do the next day.
- When you get up in the next day start with on your list and continue to work on it until it’s completed.
- Then work on #2 until it’s done, and so on until they’re all completed.
This simple formula turned Charles Swabb’s life and business around and set him on the road to even greater success. “Try it, it works!”
When you plan your schedule don’t forget to include regular massages. Your massage will not only reduce stress but will also give you some quite, relaxed time to organize and plan your priorities.