“Your body is your temple.” For years, health practitioners and yogis alike have been extolling the virtues of treating your body with respect and care, which means daily maintenance through various healing modalities, especially when under levels of high stress.
During a transition, the body is more prone to react in a state of duress, exhibiting symptoms such as muscle tension, respiratory constriction, cardiovascular fluctuations, liver taxation, and endocrine stress response production. In addition to the variety of stress-related symptoms, your body, if it feels it is under attack from external stimuli, will produce a signal to the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) to warn the body that its nervous system is on overload, creating what is known as a “flight or fight” response. That is the last thing you need during a time of revitalization and renewal.
Therapeutic massage can melt away tension in a matter of minutes. Dating back thousands of years, the healing effects of touch have softened stiff necks for millenniums. In the early 1800s, Swedish massage was introduced to the West by early Swedish doctor, gymnast, and educator, Per Henri Ling, who developed the “Swedish Movement System”, known commonly today as the Swedish massage. Another form of massage many Westerners are familiar with is shiatsu, the Japanese massage practice made popular in parlors across the United States. In an effort to rebalance energy and achieve emotional well-being, practitioners of shiatsu utilize pressure points throughout the body, using their thumbs, fingers, and palms.
In today’s modern society, many people spend a great amount of time straining their necks while looking down at cell phones, with tense shoulders while driving in heavy traffic or sitting at office desks, and with hips misaligned; and our bodies have taken the brunt of this awkward physical positioning. Through the practice of therapeutic massage, your body can relax into the comforting atmosphere of a treatment center, without the additional suffering of nagging aches and pains.
In various case studies, therapeutic massage has been found to drastically improve major areas of health concern, by significantly lowering the heart rate and levels of cortisol and insulin, improving posture and circulation, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and improving range of motion.
A trained massage therapist can identify particular points within the body that may be carrying additional strain, alleviating symptoms that may lead to further health problems down the road.
Helpful for anxiety disorders, headaches, and sports injuries, a therapeutic massage is an investment in your overall well-being, and that’s the most important goal in achieving a well-balanced lifestyle.