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Benefits of Massage

Many of us are scrambling today to manage our lifestyles, our families, and our finances.  We know we are capable, but we worry nonetheless about the outcome we may face as the economy slowly turns around.  This mental stress can lead to physical stress which, in turn, if chronic, becomes illness and discomfort.

One very beneficial solution is to receive massage therapy on a regular basis during stressful times.  Massage assists our bodies with detoxification of those stress chemicals as well as the everyday pollutants we ingest in some form through food, inhalation, or contact that we oftentimes cannot control.  Following is a list of a few of the benefits of massage therapy, and if one receives massage on a regular basis, the benefits increase even more in stabilizing not only physical wellness, but mental alertness and rest patterns so important to health and well being.

  • Relieves stress, pain, pain induced anxiety, and muscle congestion
  • Improves range of motion increasing flexibility and muscle tone
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Improves metabolic waste removal strengthening immune function
  • Improves alertness
  • Reduces swelling
  • Clears thinking
  • Encourages faster healing time
  • Relieves tension headaches
  • Provides a sense of well-being
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Supports white blood cell proliferation aiding our immune system
  • Reduces depression
  • Relives symptoms of nausea and vomiting for the cancer patient
  • Enhances body image

Just think:  60 to 90 minutes of specialized care by a skilled professional massage therapist gives you all these benefits.  What’s more:  in the long run, each of us will be sick less often or not at all, thus reducing medical costs and lost time at work.  Overall the cost of massage is a small price to pay to have great health and to take personal care of oneself.

It is important to select a massage therapist who is knowledgeable about the biological, chemical, and physiological systems of the body.  Many practitioners specialize in different techniques, so I suggest conducting an interview with the therapist of your choice.  A well trained therapist will welcome your concern and will knowledgeably answer all your questions.

Krystle Shapiro is a Washington State licensed medical massage therapist. She owns Touchstone Massage Therapies located in the Stepping Stones Wellness Center at 803 W. Pine Street, Sandpoint.  Krystle specializes in oncology massage therapy with emphasis on lymphedema treatment.  She is currently undertaking a Master of Science of Holistic Nutrition program and can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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