Well, bonus boosts are the extra bonuses that come along with massage. All of our awesome clients know we specialize in soothing muscles when they are hurting. When your body “screams” at you, we give it the attention that it needs, but how? Massage is the obvious answer for so many people. However, sometimes, the body doesn’t “talk” to you as clearly as we would like, which makes it harder to perceive the more subtle wear and tear that our body is going through.
This is the time of year that life gets crazy and out of control. From schedules getting busier, family, work, and school demands, colder weather, and holiday stress, we all feel life taking it’s toll on our bodies. Massage can help you feel better in many ways more than just happier and more relaxed muscles.
Here are a few added benefits of an hour of massage on a regular basis.
By increasing circulation we help nourish our nerves, organs, and extremities. Massage engages the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging the ‘rest and digest’ response in the whole body. This response helps sleep and gastrointestinal imbalances.
The most important part to highlight is the awesome effect massage has on the immune system. Your immune system, or lymph system, is one of the most critical systems in the body. This system is responsible for filtering toxins, fighting infection and producing white blood cells. All things which are vital to your overall health and wellness. Any area with disease engages the lymph system to respond and stresses the immune system This can include anything from infection in the body, such as a skin wound or strep throat, to general inflammation, such as a strained shoulder or a swollen knee from a tendon tear. Unfortunately, some severe conditions, like cancer, sometimes require lymph nodes to be removed during treatment. This has an obvious affect on immune/lymph function, as well.
During massage the entire circulatory and lymph system are stimulated, allowing the cells to receive the necessary nutrient delivery and waste removal from the blood and spleen. For example, when we work the quads on the front of the thigh, we are moving lymph back to the core of the body, and when you are having muscular tension in your neck relieved, it actually encourages the lymph to flow properly, too. All of this adds up to a less ‘burdened’ system that is able to respond better to immune threats, deal with life’s demands, and keeps you running strong and healthy. This is especially helpful with the upcoming cold and flu season, where our lives and bodies are running like crazy.
Here’s to Vitality!
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