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Massage, Now More Than Ever

Consumers may be tempted to trim their wellness budgets when economic times are tough.  Yet a recent national consumer survey showed most massage-minded Americans are committed to maintaining the health  benefits they experience with  massage. It makes  sense— the better  you feel, the better  job you can do of caring  for yourself and your loved ones.

Massage should  play a role in reducing stress and strengthening the health  of Americans. When people feel their best, they are more likely to be able to face the challenges difficult  times present. With greater health  and peace of mind, consumers can face difficulties with  poise,  clarity of purpose, and strengthened emotional reserves.

Invest in yourself and those you love

If you think about it, massage is an excellent value.  The price  of massage has remained stable in recent years,  as the cost of movies, dining out, and sports events  has risen.  Which  of these has the power to improve your health  and your outlook  on life?

In economically challenging times,  it is vital to invest in preventative healthcare. The last thing you want  is to get sick, have to take time off work,  and pay expensive medical bills.

Following are health  reasons  all American adults should  be including massage in their family budgets and schedules. Massage therapy:

  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Reduces the flow of stress hormones.
  • Improves  sleep.
  • Improves  energy levels and reduces fatigue.
  • Improves  concentration.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Improves  self-esteem.
  • Reduces frequency of headaches.
  • Releases endorphins.

Truly, massage is more than a luxury—it’s a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on us as we work,  play,  and care for others.


Positive Effects


The positive effects  of regular massage can have benefits in many areas of your life.

Home. Massage therapy helps  families  under stress create healthy households with  clear- thinking and more relaxed moms and dads. Individuals taking care of themselves are better  equipped to be responsive caregivers who can provide a sense of security—to children, partners, aging parents, or other family members.

Work. The health  benefits of massage can help forestall  illnesses and lost work  time,  especially when you may be asked  to produce more with fewer  resources. Decision-making skills will be better  and your performance is likely  to be improved with  a clear  focus and more energy. A hint for the boss: Research shows  employees exhibit improved performance and less stress when given twice-weekly, 15-minute massages in the office.

Health. Those with  existing health  conditions can continue to reap benefits in the following ways. Proactively caring for health through massage may help reduce costly doctor visits and use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.


Research Shows

  • Massage can reduce sports-related soreness and improve circulation—good to know when you may be exercising more to reduce stress.
  • Deep-tissue massage is effective in treating back pain.
  • Fibromyalgia patients receiving massage have less pain, depression, anxiety, stiffness, fatigue, and problematic sleep.
  • Massage reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Oncology patients show  less pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and depression following massage therapy.
  • Stroke patients show  less anxiety and lower blood pressure with  massage therapy.
  • Massage therapy is effective in reducing postsurgical pain

  • Alzheimer’s patients exhibit reduced pacing, irritability, and restlessness after neck  and shoulder massage.
  • Massage during  labor appears to reduce stress and anxiety, relax  muscles, and help block pain. Massage may also reduce tearing, shorten  labor, reduce the need  for medication, and shorten hospital stays.
  • Preterm babies receiving massage therapy gain more weight and have shorter  hospital stays than infants not receiving massage.
  • Massage is beneficial in reducing symptoms associated with  arthritis, asthma, burns, high blood pressure, and premenstrual syndrome.

 


Christina Dowling, LMT Massage Hours

DAMASCUS
9701 New Church St. Ste 3
Tuesday 4:30PM-7:30PM

FREDERICK
187 Thomas Johnson Dr. Ste 6
Wednesday 4:30PM-7PM

URBANA
3500 Campus Dr. Ste 101
Every Other Saturday
8:30AM-Noon

Call to schedule your massage today!
301-473-5945

To learn more about the many types and benefits of massage and bodywork, visit www.massagetherapy.com.