Weekly massages cut sick days by 75%.
Scientists have proven that massage can reduce blood pressure,
boost the immune system, dampen harmful hormones and raise mood-elevating
chemicals such as serotonin. And you can't beat massage for relaxation.
Babies fall asleep faster when massaged than when rocked - and
they stay asleep, rather than waking the moment mom tiptoes away.
The effects of massage aren't always
immediate but long term. Massaging the baby stimulates nerves
that carry signals from the skin and muscles to the brain, triggering
changes throughout the body. This is how brain waves are altered
by massage. Studies of EEG measurements showed that workers who
were rubbed down for 15 minutes twice a week had lower levels
of alpha and beta waves - indicating greater alertness- than colleagues
who did relaxation exercises for the same amount of time.
If you are plagued by insomnia, headaches,
or are taking mood-altering drugs, a Swedish massage may be all
you need. But if you suffer from painful muscle spasms or need
to rehabilitate an injured joint, "deep tissue" massage
may be helpful. "Trigger point therapy" can help relieve
pain by prodding and stretching out sensitive spots that cause
aches in other parts of the body. (Think of the headache you relieve
by rubbing the back of your neck.) Sports massage combines all
these techniques to reduce soreness, prevent injuries and treat
sprains, strains and tendonitis.
Since most therapists combine
all of the above techniques, what really counts is the level of
competence and the years of experience. I have been Nationally
Certified in Therapeutic Massage since 1991 and opened my office
in Kendall Park in May 1993. Massage therapy is not just my profession,
but a way to a healthier lifestyle for you.