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De-Stress with Massage During the Holidays

Tokyo Tower ChristmasWith the holidays at hand, moments of stress are bound to arise creating anxiety and raising blood pressure. Such signs of tension provide a good starting point for recognizing the need to relax and reframe the present situation into easier steps toward accomplishment.

It is also important to listen to one’s body signs and symptoms and find ways to take care of yourself. A relaxing massage is one highly important stress reducer especially this time of year. Just look at the following list of benefits massage provides for 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

Receiving 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 one’s self.

By giving the gift of massage to yourself and to those you love, it demonstrates an investment in caring and health. If you are an employer, a massage gift certificate becomes a special employee gift that says you care. But don’t forget to give one to yourself as well, for you cannot lead as effectively if you are not at your optimal best.

I believe it is important to select a massage therapist who is knowledgeable about the biological, chemical, and physiological systems of the body. Our community is fortunate to have many well trained therapists, many of whom specialize in effective modalities such as cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release therapy, positional release therapy, Swedish relaxation massage, and deep tissue sports injury related massage therapy. 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. But don’t hesitate to experience the health-filled benefits massage therapy holds for your well-being. Taking care of ourselves is of primary importance in today’s industrialized, toxin-filled life experience.

Krystle Shapiro, MSHN, owns NewTritionally Yours! providing nutrition education classes and owns Touchstone Massage Therapy. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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