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The Magic of Massage Therapy

Apr 28, 2008
Is stress getting to you? Want to relax and get a better perspective on life? Massage therapy may just be the thing for you. Getting frequent massages can easily give you relief from mental and physical stress, restoring your sense of well-being and preparing you to face your world with confidence. So how can massage therapy help you? Lets take a look.

* Massage therapy can reduce your anxiety and stress

It is a well known fact that in today's society, stress is known to be a culprit of of many health issues. It is also very treatable. Relieving yourself of stress can add years to your life as well as help you feel better. For those of you who have had a massage, you know how relaxing it is. (For those of you who haven't yet experienced massage, get ready for one of the best experiences of your life.) Under the hands of a good massage therapist, your body will begin to let go of all the stress you've been hanging on to. Your muscles will begin to relax and your anxiety and stress will start meting away.

* Reduces your pain

Most are keenly aware of tight and sore muscles that go along with a hard days work. A relaxing massage will dramatically ease your pain. As well, the increased blood flow to your sore areas will help with the pain. If you have problems with tension headaches, massage is also known to help relieve this type of pain as well.

* Massage therapy can improve the functioning of your immune system

Recent studies indicate that after recieving a massage there is an increase in the body's white cell count. The white blood cells assists the body in fighting diseases. By receiving a massage on a frequent basis, you can strengthen your immune system which, in turn, can aid your body in warding off sickness.

* Improves your circulation

As the muscles of your body relax, your blood flow is substantially improved. Improved circulation gives you a nice natural surge of energy that can last throughout the day. Plus, if you receive massage on a regular basis, it will increase circulation in the skin which has the potential to minimize cellulite.

* Massage therapy can decrease your blood pressure

Do you have issues with high blood pressure? Well, a study was conducted that showed when a person is simply touched their blood pressure drops immediately. Combine this with the other benefits of massage like relaxed muscles, a decrease in pain, relief from anxiety and improved circulation, you have hit upon a fantastic way to maintain an acceptable blood pressure level. (On a side note, if you have low blood pressure, you should be careful and make sure to take it easy after a massage.)

* Improvement of your mood

Massage therapy has proven to be an excellent way to lift one's mood and promote a sense of well-being. For example, massage has been used as treatment of depression for women who have experienced the loss of a child. If massage helped these women with their depression, you can be hopeful that it can improve your mood as well.

I'm sure you can see the benefits of massage therapy, but you may be wondering if it's affordable. Here is one possible solution for you: contact a local massage schools and ask about their student clinics. Massage schools conduct student clinics and offer their services at a reasonable rate. This is an excellent way to get a massage. Give yourself a gift. Contact a local massage therapist today. You will start feeling better in no time.
About the Author
Barbara Williamson lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Before you leave, find out more about Alternative Health, Healing and Well-Being.
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