The Consequences of Stress
Experts estimate that 80-90 percent of disease is stress related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage can lower your blood pressure, may increase circulation, speed recovery time from an injury, help you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
- Reduces spasms and cramping
- Increases joint flexibility
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level
- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller
- Reduces post-surgery adhesion’s and edema can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred
- Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion
- Assist with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays
As a society, we are touch deprived and this can lead to disease or emotional dysfunction. From the cradle to the nursing home, tactile stimulation and the emotional assurance of caring touch bring about the sense of well being and security.