Massage is not a luxury but a necessity to health and well-being,
MASSAGE TO: REDUCE STRESS, IMPROVE SLEEP & REDUCE CHRONIC PAIN
Massages can influence our health and well-being as much as exercising and mindful eating. By undertaking practices that enhance our wellness, as oppose to alleviating illness, we raise the state of our health to a new level. And when our bodies are running at optimal levels, they become much more resilient. As if you needed one more reason, consider the cost savings if you do not have to go to the doctor as often and even possibly take fewer medications.
In this chaotic world we are all over taxing our nervous systems and living each day without filling our cups back up. Physically, mentally, and spiritually. We turn to more caffeine to wake us up. We turn to TV to turn our minds off. We turn to alcohol, or drugs, to escape this world. It's a vicious cycle.
Stress can rob us of sleep, increase our blood pressure, and leave our hearts and minds racing. Massage helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, turning off the fight/flight/freeze response and helps the recipient feel less stressed.
Beta waves indicate you are alert, thinking, and working. We create alpha waves when we relax and contemplate things and we create theta waves when we drift off to sleep or daydream. When we sleep, we create delta waves. Massage encourages the mind to create delta waves, which are an essential part of quality sleep.
With massage therapy also comes a refreshing, non-invasive, medication-free alternative to pain relief. Bodywork helps enhance your immune system by stimulating your lymph flow and circulation. Increasing your circulation amino acids are released which act as the body’s natural painkillers.
There are obvious necessities that everybody has: water, air, food. But beyond those very basic needs, everybody has things that they can’t live without, that they need to make it through each day. Then of course is the luxury list that we spurge on when we need a boost or want to celebrate. Plain and simple massage is health care, preventative or otherwise. Now we ask you, is massage a luxury or a necessity?