It’s that time of year again when you think about resolutions and how the new year is going to bring a new you. However, did you ever consider that the last person you ought to trust when it comes to designing a new you is the old you? For a start, the old you doesn’t currently do any of the things he or she claims will make new you happy and fulfilled. Too often we think that what we require, in order to finally change, is one last push of willpower when what is really needed is a holistic approach which not only addresses the body but also engages the mind. Therefore, in order to truly make a change, you have to address both physical and psychological health.
Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals. *
Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:
- Physical relaxation
- Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves digestion
- Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
- Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)
- Greater flexibility and range of motion
- Enhanced energy and vitality
- Some clinical styles may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.
Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage).
Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.
As you start the new year and your resolutions, consider adding massage therapy to balance your wellness program. The benefits for the mind and body can help the old you focus on overcoming the issues that are keeping the new you from becoming a reality. Call 702-202-2455 to schedule an appointment at the European Massage School, Las Vegas Campus.