Massage – more than just a feel good experience

6 Sep

Lying face down on the massage table, dim light, soft music playing in the back ground, sometimes makes me feel like I’m living the lifestyle of the rich and famous!  But it goes far beyond just pampering.  Massage can really add to your wellness!

Massage has many benefits that go beyond the obvious awesome feeling you get while you’re there.

Studies have shown that massage can actually reduce the levels of stress hormones in your system.

Substances such as cortisol and norepinephrine are released in larger amounts when we are under stress.  They help our body respond to dangerous situations helping us muster up the strength for the fight or flight response.  The problem is that although we may not be in any real danger most of the time, we may have frequent low level stress causing the release of these stress hormones.  This causes increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate, and slowed metabolic processes such as digestion, reproduction, growth and immunity.  When this becomes chronic we can start to feel pretty run down.

That’s where massage can help.  Massage can help to break this cycle of ongoing stress response.

Massage can also be an effective strategy when recovering from surgery or an injury.  All ages can benefit from massage, even infants.  Many massage therapists specialize in specific types of treatments.  Do some research and find the therapist that’s right for you and your particular needs.

In the Winnipeg area you could check out Symmetry Massage.  Their “our people” tab provides information about the therapists and their specialties and interests.

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One Response to “Massage – more than just a feel good experience”

  1. The Landy September 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Once a week for me, at least….thanks

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