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Short Session Massage Still Provides Health Benefits

MassageI often have people tell me that massage is a luxury they can’t afford, but wish they could experience more often.  Massage is, of course, luxurious.  Our skin is our largest organ with millions of nerve endings registering myriad sensations both inside our bodies and outside.  But massage also benefits human health by providing improved circulation, immune system support through increasing the removal of accumulated toxins, relaxation for our nervous system, release of tension and congestion in muscle tissues, and a sense of well being for our multi-tasking minds.

Massage can be experienced in many different ways.  Regularly receiving a 30 minute back massage including head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands is very restorative especially for people with desk jobs or people who use their backs more vigorously in their occupations.  Another option might be to have a hands and feet massage.  Our hands and feet do so much for us every day.  Giving attention to these active parts of ourselves releases stiffness and congestion, improves circulation, and opens energy communication pathways that begin and end in hands and feet influencing the entire body.

Low back strain can cause misalignment in hips, knees, and ankles.  Attending to this region when overworked can more quickly relieve the tension, ease pain, and enable muscles and joints to return to their relaxed and neutral positions.

Energy sessions such as Reiki Energy Therapy can be short in duration, but provide a noticeable boost to one’s lagging resources.  Energy therapy can be applied to injury sites to improve circulation and our electrical communication cell to cell enabling healing to occur much faster.

Such short duration massage protocols provide many of the same benefits as an hour or ninety minute massage.  Many people will wait too long before they get a full massage.  This can cause a build-up of body needs that a full massage session may not be able to address at one time.  Ongoing mini-sessions offer the opportunity to keep ourselves in peak condition.  These are affordable and research reports lower overall health care costs with fewer visits to physicians and emergency rooms.

Most massage therapists offer a variety of options to meet one’s budget.  Treat yourself to mini massage sessions.  You will feel good about yourself and you will be improving your health.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN owns Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.  

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Shama Pathan July 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

Massage is a broad term encompassing a variety of approaches to the manipulation of soft tissue to achieve health benefits. Massage techniques have been practiced for thousands of years in many cultures. Massage is increasingly combined with other treatment modalities for chronic or degenerative illnesses, like cancer, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and fibromyalgia, as well as others. Massage is also increasingly used as an intervention for quality of life in palliative and end-of-life care. The Natural Standard provides ‘massage’ with an evidence grade of B for ‘Quality of Life [Improvement] (Cancer).’ It makes sense that since our skin is our largest organ, we should all take the time out to periodically receive such treatment and benefit from all the positive effects it has on our body systems. What is amazing to me is that massage shows lower overall health care costs for people who receive them regularly. Massage and other forms of alternative medicine are often forgotten, and it’s nice to see that there is scientific research to support its health benefits.

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