Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Physiology of Laughter: A Brief Overview

Hearty group laughter has profound short and long-term effects on our minds and body:

  1. It causes our brain and body to release a ‘cocktail’ of hormones and peptides. These
    Brain cell(s)

    Brain cell(s) (Photo credit: jepoirrier)

    stimulate a series of reactions in our body, the most important are

  • To undo the effects of stress by reducing stress-related hormone & chemical levels (these effects are sudden and long-lasting)
  • To release endorphins, a self-manufactured natural opiate that has been scientifically shown to carry the messages of attachments and bonding (the scientific terms for love) and to stimulate feelings of caring and forgiveness
  • Creates a positive state of mind and boosts optimism, self confidence and self-worth
  • Quickly boosts our immune system, quickly boosting levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells, also those that fight cancer. Almost all groups practicing group laughter report a drop in illness, sick leave & absenteeism
  • Boosts systems that are ‘switched off’ or disrupted by stress, especially the circulatory and digestive systems
  1. It promotes child-like playful behavior that is key to the development of emotional intelligence, connection and community. Combining childlike playfulness with group laughter has a number of positive results:
  • Increased social connections: the number of a person has each day is a direct indicator of health, wellness and long life. In children social play is key to the development of social skills — restricted play & resulting social skills has been shown to lead to life-long problems
  • Stimulates willingness to learn and retention, boosts creativity and self discipline
  • Quickly breaks down barriers and promotes team-building, even across different languages and cultures. It quickly builds a ‘caring & sharing’ spirit among the group who laughs together
  • Improves communication skills both within the group and with others
  • Provides tools to deal with stressful situations in new ways, providing an alternative to anger/aggression and resulting fear
  1. Promotes healthy diaphragm breathing, boosts lung capacity and strengthens the lungs.
  • This counters the effects of stress: shallow breathing that deprives the body of adequate oxygen
  • Fully oxygenates the blood and all major organs leaving one bursting with energy with all systems alert and ready
  1. Provides aerobic exercise:
  • Laughter provides an excellent cardio workout. Heart rate increase in one minute of hearty laughter can take 10 minutes to achieve on exercise machines.
  • Acts as an ‘internal jogging’, providing a vigorous workout to the heart, lungs, diaphragm and central body as well as some exercise for the arms & legs. This in turn massages and promotes circulation to the digestive & lymphatic systems
  • Laughter exercises, tones & firms the facial muscles and promotes the habit of smiling. Together with facial flushing from improved circulation it can leave you glowing and radiant. Many older people claim the firming and toning makes them look and feel much younger.
  1. Laughter provides major emotional benefits including:
  • Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method for the release of emotions. This cathartic benefit helps to deal with current emotional problems and can also release old emotions that are stored and poisoning our systems and ability to perform. If not released these emotions can often lead to long-term psychological and emotional problems.
  • Laughter provides strong emotional bonds with other people with whom you laugh. Science is beginning to understand the group ‘resonance’ whereby emotions are spread from person to person. In addition to creating emotional bonds between people laughing together heightens the experience and benefits for all participants.
  • Laughter is a strong tool to counter depression. It forces us to be present in the ‘here and now’, which is a place where we are not able to worry (worry is always about real or imagined past or future events).
  • The release of endorphins trigger a strong feeling of well-being and bliss that is physiologically identical to the warm positive feelings resulting from a mother’s love and attention for a child during after-birth bonding. This creates a strong positive state of mind, and our world is a reflection of our state of mind. A strong positive state of mind makes the world a happy place full of interesting and exciting people, places, emotions & experiences (as opposed to a negative state of mind that leads to gloom and depression).
  1. Stress is the number one enemy of health in today’s world.
  • Our body’s stress response system was developed in prehistoric times. In response to stress it dumps a cocktail of chemicals and hormones into our blood to shut-down body systems that are not needed for a possible ‘fight or flight’ reaction demanding extreme physical action. In prehistoric times stress situations occurred occasionally so the body had time to dissipate stress chemicals & hormones.
  • Today we are subjected to constant (or chronic) stress that results in continuous release of these substances into our body. Without time for them to dissipate they reach toxic concentrations and attack out bodies resulting in a wide variety of stress-related illness: cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure and heart attacks; arthritis, heart disease, asthma and other allergic conditions, diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, mood swings, psychological distress, depression, sleep problems, high blood pressure, eating disorders, peptic ulcers, poor immune function, chronic pain, colds, flu, viruses, headaches, migraines, alcoholism and drug abuse (amongst others).
  • According to the Mayo clinic typical stress symptoms include a negative state of mind with a cynical, sarcastic and critical outlook; lack of motivation; irritability & lack of patience; lack of energy; lack of satisfaction with life and achievements; disillusionment; the feeling of facing insurmountable barriers; lack of productivity and efficiency; self-medication using food, alcohol or drugs to feel better or not feel; changes in sleep and appetite habits; headaches, neck and lower back pain; loss of the ability to experience joy.

 

  1. Laughter is natures counter to stress – in fact laughter and stress are physiological opposites:

 

  • Laughter quickly reduces the levels of stress chemicals and hormones in our body
  • Laughter switches on and boosts the physiological systems that stress switches off, including the circulatory, digestive, sexual  and immune systems
  • Stress, worry, fear and emotional problems stifle learning ability, creativity, teamwork, productivity, efficiency and motivation while laughter boosts and strengthens these attributes
  • Check the lists of stress related illness and symptoms above. The effects of hearty sustained laughter have exactly the opposite symptoms and effects. Stress promotes illness, depression and anguish. laughter promotes health, wellness, emotional balance and joyfulness.
  • By increasing energy levels, optimism, communication skills, self-confidence and endorphin levels laughter yoga is increasingly being used as a preparation for stressful events. This practice is known as ‘laughter boosting’ and is gaining popularity with public speakers, actors and other public performers to prepare them for public performance.
  • Hollywood heartthrob Harry Hamlin recently used pre-performance laughter yoga sessions to boost his scores on the popular US show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. We hear people are using laughter boosting to prepare for job interviews.
  • In an educational context laughter yoga boosting is used to prepare students for examinations, and also to prepare sports teams for optimal performance before competition.

Night Time Leg Pain

Night time leg pain can wake you up at night, leaving your exhausted and agitated during your days. It can be aching, burning or cramping pain in the lower leg, around the knee, or down the back of the leg. There are several reasons someone may have chronic leg pain, including the nocturnal leg pain that will interrupt sleep. These causes can also contribute to restless leg syndrome.

Calf stretch for night time leg pain.Nerves send pain messages to the brain when muscles are squeezing them too tight. The muscles in the legs get continually tight, and many of us aren’t taking the time we need to care for our bodies to unravel the patterns of tension. We also may be staying in positions too long during the day or at night that are making the muscles more restricted, causing the pain to perpetuate its pattern. Many of us are chronically dehydrated, missing some nutrients in our diet, or don’t get enough physical activity or stretching to reset our muscle’s sensors that relax the muscle tension in our bodies.

If any of these are constant, night time leg pain will become more common…so, what will help with these nocturnal leg pains?

 

1) Drinking water, so that your body is hydrated sufficiently. This helps a large percentage of joint and muscle pain. BUT if the muscles are restricted from long term patterns like sitting all day, or leaning over all day, hydration will not unravel the pattern or help the body to reset those muscle sensors.

2) Move and stretch! There are specific stretches for the legs that you can see in this blog. The muscle groups we focus on for pain in the upper leg (front or back) are: Hamstrings, Quads, Glutes/IT Band. The stretches we do are focused on unraveling long time patterns, and we hold the stretches for 2 full minutes. General daily exercise can also help overly tight muscles, by increasing circulation and resetting the muscle sensors.

Night Time Leg Pain Hamstring StretchThe stretches for the lower leg that we share are two specific calf stretches.

3) The third thing that is helpful for night time leg pain is massage. If you aren’t near our clinic, and don’t have a great therapist, you can use a foam roller or ball to massage it out at home. When it’s been tight for a long time, it can be really uncomfortable…ok, painful, the first several times you use it, but it does get better. The foam rollers and roller balls are also available in different levels of firmness, so you can start out with a softer one, so you won’t bruise yourself up.

Sleeping positions

 

It is very common for people to wake up complaining of neck and back pain after a night of rest. Although there are several organic causes for this including inflammation and possible disc protusion,  a person with a healthy spine can still be troubled with pain and stiffness.

What does this suggest? Perhaps sleeping in awkward postures for x number of hours, can do us all harm….So what is the best sleeping postures?

Obviously modifying sleeping postures is tricky especially as we are not actively aware of what position we toss and turn into during the night. However with a help of a few pillows and some useful tip, we may be able to suggest a more comfortable and ideal sleeping position.

Sleeping postures

Sleeping on back

They key with any posture is to ensure a neutral spine. Imagine a plumb line down the nose and along the length of the spine. Your left and right side if the body should be like a reflection of each other. The ears should be parallel to the bed not kinked upwards (if the pillow is too high) or kinked downwards (if the pillow is too low).

In addition if you feel a strain on the lower back, or an increased arch, popping a pillow under the knees will alleviate the tension.

Sleeping on stomach

This posture can be the most harmful to the spine, as not only does it encourage lumbar lordosis but its also involves twisting the neck to either side.

If this position remains a favourite, try modifying it by popping a small pillow under the tummy, and ensuring the neck pillow is not too high kinking your head upwards.

Note: Although resting your head on your hands may be more comfortable for the neck it may contribute to shoulder impingement symptoms.

Sleeping on side

Similarly to the other postures, a symmetrical body is the ideal posture. Once again the imaginary plumb line should be running straight down through the nose, along the length of the spine and parallel to the bed.

Again using pillows to prop between your legs will stop the individual’s leg from dropping forward and twisting the lower spine. In addition a couple of pillows to rest your arms on, will also prevent you from rolling forward and twisting your mid back.

Needless to say posture, is important at all times of day, and therefore the same principles apply when you are at the desk, watching tv and driving.

If you have a specific condition of the spine you may want to discuss sleeping postures at length with your therapist.

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Maximize Your Assets – 6 Basic Exercises for a Better Butt

Everywhere you turn, eyes are on bottoms. Getting a perfect butt is difficult business. But it’s definitely worth the effort. Here are some basic exercises that will get you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gluteus Maximus is the largest of the three major muscles that make up the glutes (AKA the bum). Strong glutes help us tackle the hills when walking or running, not to mention allowing us to climb the stairs with greater ease.

 

To make these exercises more effective, be sure to squeeze your glutes when performing these movements. And remember, diet and cardio exercises are just as important to help us all achieve a better back side.

Squats

    1. Stand with feet parallel and shoulder-width apart.
    2. Slowly lower your hips, making sure not to let your knees go past your toes.

Standing Lunges

    1. Beginning with your feet parallel and hip-distance apart, take one giant step forward.
    2. Slowly lower your body, bending both knees. Bend your knees no farther than 90 degrees, keeping your front knee aligned over your front ankle.
    3. Then repeat with the other leg in front.

Prone Leg Lifts Over A Ball

    1. Lie stomach-down on an exercise ball, with hands on the floor.
    2. By tightening your glute muscles, lift one of your legs slightly off the floor, keeping leg straight.
    3. Then alternate sides. As you get more fit, try lifting both legs simultaneously — but only if you can do it without straining your back.

Prone Hip Lift Over A Ball

    1. Lying stomach-down over an exercise ball, rest your forearms on the floor and stabilize the ball under your hips and tops of your thighs.
    2. Using the arms and trunk muscles as support, bend your knees to 90 degrees, and put your feet together.
    3. Squeezing your glutes, slowly move your thighbones slightly away from the ball, being careful not to use the low back muscles. This is a very small move — you should raise your legs no more than about 2 inches off the ball.

Bridge

    1. Lie on your back with knees bent, feet on the floor and hip-width apart.
    2. Slowly peel your spine off the floor from the bottom, one vertebra at a time, tightening the glutes and hamstrings (backs of the thighs) until you’ve created a diagonal line from your shoulders to your knees.
    3. Return to the floor slowly, one vertebra at a time.

Side Leg Raises

    1. Lying on your side at the rear edge of a mat, place your feet at the front edge of your mat, then lift your upper leg and turn it out it in the hip socket.
    2. Keeping your hips stacked and your torso as still as possible, lift and lower the leg, reaching out from the top of the thigh.
    3. Repeat on the other side.

 

Rules to Stretch By

Stretching can help improve flexibility which directly translates into improved performance and reduced risk of injury by helping your joints move through their full range of motion. It is also thought to help accelerate recovery after a workout. Additionally, increased flexibility of the neck, shoulders and upper back may improve respiratory function.

Stretching incorrectly can actually do more harm than good. Be sure to use proper technique. In some cases, you may need to approach stretching with caution. If you have a chronic condition or an injury, you may need to adjust your stretching techniques. For example, if you already have a strained muscle, stretching it can cause further harm. You should always talk to your doctor or physical therapist about the best way to stretch if you have any health concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULES TO STRETCH BY

Warm up first. Before stretching, warm up with light walking or jogging for 5-10 minutes. Warm muscles, tendons and ligaments are more flexible and stretch more easily. Stretching cold muscles can cause tears in the muscle. A better alternative is stretching after you exercise when your muscles are already warmed up. Keep in mind that research suggests against stretching before intense activity such as sprinting or track and field as this might actually decrease performance.

Stretches should always be gradual and gentle. If you feel pain, you’ve pushed too far. Go back to the point where you don’t feel pain and then hold that stretch.

Focus on and stretch muscles and joints that you regularly use. Hold each stretch in a static position for atleast 10 to 20 seconds, allowing the muscle to lengthen slowly. Repeat each stretch 3 or 4 times.

Do not bounce! Bouncing actually causes muscle fibers to shorten, not lengthen and can cause small tears in the muscle.

Don´t rush through the stretching routine. Use it to prepare yourself mentally and physically for activity. You can achieve great benefits from stretching regularly so keep up with it.

How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect.

Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them.

Their experiment required having people exercise to exhaustion and undergo five incisions in their legs in order to obtain muscle tissue for analysis. Despite the hurdles, the scientists still managed to find 11 brave young male volunteers. The study was published in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

On a first visit, they biopsied one leg of each subject at rest. At a second session, they had them vigorously exercise on a stationary bicycle for more than an hour until they could go no further. Then they massaged one thigh of each subject for 10 minutes, leaving the other to recover on its own. Immediately after the massage, they biopsied the thigh muscle in each leg again. After allowing another two-and-a-half hours of rest, they did a third biopsy to track the process of muscle injury and repair.

Vigorous exercise causes tiny tears in muscle fibers, leading to an immune reaction — inflammation — as the body gets to work repairing the injured cells. So the researchers screened the tissue from the massaged and unmassaged legs to compare their repair processes, and find out what difference massage would make.

They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. “The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis,” helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise, said the senior author, Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky.

Dr. Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said that massage works quite differently from Nsaids and other anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain but may actually retard healing. Many people, for instance, pop an aspirin or Aleve at the first sign of muscle soreness. “There’s some theoretical concern that there is a maladaptive response in the long run if you’re constantly suppressing inflammation with drugs,” he said. “With massage, you can have your cake and eat it too—massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.”

“This is important research, because it is the first to show that massage can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines which may be involved in pain,” said Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. She was not involved in the study. “We have known from many studies that pain can be reduced by massage based on self-report, but this is the first demonstration that the pain-related pro-inflammatory cytokines can be reduced.” she said.

Getting a massage from a professional masseur is obviously more expensive than taking an aspirin. But, as Dr. Field points out, massage techniques can be taught. “People within families can learn to massage each other,” she said. “If you can teach parents to massage kids, couples to massage each other. This can be cost effective.”

Dr. Tarnopolsky suggests that, in the long run, a professional massage may even be a better bargain than a pill. “If someone says “This is free and it might make you feel better, but it may slow down your recovery, do you still want it?” he asked. “Or would you rather spend the 50 bucks for a post-exercise massage that also might enhance your recovery?”

Ergonomic Tips : Do not Sit on Your Wallet!

Ergonomic Tips : Do not Sit on Your Wallet!】

This is something which we are not focusing in our daily life but can produce multiple problems in spine especially for those who have long sitting hours. Make sure that when you sit in your office chair your wallet should be not in your back pocket ( Not only Wallet don’t sit with anything in your back pocket ).

Your wallet can be real pain for your back and the waist, and it can even lead to shooting pains down the legs. Sitting on a wallet for prolonged hours every day can compress sciatic nerve which passes beneath piriformis muscle and leads to piriformis syndrome, low back pain & self-inflicted sciatica.

The wallet acts as a wedge that forces the pelvis, spine and body out of alignment. Just as you would not sit on a brief case or a rock for an extended period of time, you should not sit on your wallet. Anyone who drives more than a half hour sitting on a wallet is a candidate for sciatica or back pain.

The healthiest option is to move the wallet to your front pocket. If it’s must to keep your wallet in your back pocket, you should remove it before you sit down.

Clinical Massage for stroke (Cerebrovascular disease)

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A stroke (also known as cerebrovascular disease) is a sudden loss of brain function that results when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries, which when blocked by plaque, a clot, or they burst altogether, blood may no longer be able to move through it. Brain damage or even death may then occur as the brain cannot survive without a continuous flow of nutrient-rich blood.

Long Term Stroke damage

Long term effects of stroke can greatly vary depending on the level of brain damage that has been incurred. Some of these effects include:

Side effects of damage to the left hemisphere of the brain may include:

  • Reading, speaking, problem solving difficulties.
  • Paralysis or weakness on the right side of the body.

Side effects of damage to the right hemisphere of the brain may include:

  • Short term memory, visual and spatial difficulties.
  • Paralysis or weakness on the left side of your body.

Benefits of Massage for Stroke Victims

Recent scientific studies have shown that when massaged, stroke patients experienced increased mobility, decreased pain, decreased depression and as a result used less medication. Please read on for more ways in which massage can help patients manage the long term side effects of a stroke.

Massage Improves Mobility in a Stroke Victim

Stroke victims with mobility issues may benefit greatly from massage. Using various techniques, massage of the muscles can stimulate blood flow and consequently improved overall mobility. Specific nerve centres may be stimulated using acupressure in massage, or mobility may be increased using the long, heavy strokes of Swedish massage instead.

Massage Telieves Fatigue in a Stroke Victim

Fatigue is a common, long-term side effect of stroke. Symptoms associated with the fatigue include never feeling rested, excessive sleep, slower speech and movement, shortness of breath, lack of care and interest, a strong desire to be alone.

Massage can increase the levels of energy and assist the stroke victim in conserving it. It does so by releasing muscle tension and toxins in the muscles and reducing the stress hormone called cortisol.

Massage Helps Insomnia in a Stroke Victim

Stroke victims may experience insomnia as it can be difficult to sleep with a dry mouth, shortness of breath, muscle discomfort, and muscle stiffness.

Massage can help improve Insomnia experienced in creating a more relaxed state for the person both physically and mentally. It also activates the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for allowing your body to relax. It is common for a person to even fall asleep in a massage!

Massage Improves Circulation in a Stroke Victim

Poor circulation is a common cause of stroke. It is important for stroke victims to address the issue in order to prevent another stroke from occurring.

Gentle massage can stimulate circulation and internal organs and create warmth. Extremities such as hands and feet may be swollen, achy or cold due to an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles caused by decreased mobility in someone who has had a stroke.

The good circulation stimulated by massage delivers oxygen-rich blood to these damaged, tense muscles, which is exactly what they need to heal.

Massage Decreases Pain and Banishes Cramps in a Stroke Victim

Pain may be experienced by stroke victims. This is generally a result of stiff joints, muscle tension and cramps.

Sore, stiff joints may be alleviated by gentle massage as muscles surrounding the soft tissues surrounding the joint receive better blood supply from an increase in blood circulation. Increased circulation from massage therapy can also help to alleviate cramps, as they are usually the result of the muscle not receiving adequate blood flow.

Massage Alleviates Symptoms of Depression in a Stroke Victim

Emotional problems may develop alongside physical ones after a person has had a stroke. Previous day to day activities can no longer be carried out, and depression may occur.

Recent scientific research has shown massage to have a beneficial effect when carried out on those suffering from Depression. Here massage adds its therapeutic value in physically stimulating the nerve receptors of the nervous system, which in turn causes a release of the mood-lifting chemicals serotonin or dopamine into the body. Other internal chemicals associated with stress, such as adrenaline and cortisol, are also reduced with massage and counteract the depression.

The day to day quality of a stroke victim’s life may be improved by massage. If you have had a stroke, please always speak to your doctor before undergoing massage or other similar therapies.

99 reason to get a Massage:

Therapist uses massages to realign the connective tissue, and recoverer habitual holding patterns.Disorders relieved through Massage Therapy
-Allergies -Anxiety and Depression
-Arthritis -Asthma and Bronchitis
-Insomnia -Musculo-Skeletal ailments
Sports injuriesCarpal Tunnel Syndrome
Circulatory conditions –High blood pressure
Back painFibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
-Headache –Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
Chronic pain -Paralysis

99 Reason To Get Massage:

1. You are stressed out
2. You want to do something nice for yourself.
3. You want to support your local massage therapist
4. Your skin needs to be moisturized.
5. You have never had one before.
6. You want to be healthy
7. You like to listen to music
8. You can’t reach those knots
9. Its one hour in paradise
10.Your mom said you should
11. Your Quads are yelling at you
12. Your feet are screaming help
13. Your calve muscles feel like rocks
14. Your butt is wheeping
15. Your lower back is kicking you in your stomach
16. Your shoulders can not take anymore
17. Your arms are about to fall off
18. Your hands are not loving you right now
19. Your neck is begging you for relief
20. Your scalp needs some attention
21. There is nothing else to do on a rainy day
22. Lotion needs to go somewhere
23. Why not?
24. You have a headache
25. It will make you happy
26. You want attention
27. You have an extra $60 hanging around
28. You deserve it
29. You have an hour to spare
30. You have an 1/2hr. to spare
31. You want one
32. It feels good
33. You want to get your circulation going
34. Everybody’s doing it
35. You want to be more in tune with your body
36. You get to bring your own music
37. Its healing
38. Human contact is important
39. Your life needs
40. You are a rock star
41. You will have something to talk about
42. Support your cleanse program
43. Support your weight loss program
44. You might learn something
45. It could make you a better dancer
46. Your body will thank you
47. People around you will thank you
48. You need to relax
49. It can support a deep sleep
50. You need some quite time
51. You like candles
52. You are on a long road trip
53. You are on vacation
54. Getting ready for a long road trip
55. You are a bride to be
56. You need an energy boost
57. You are experiencing anxiety
58. You are sore from” getting in shape”
59. It doesn’t suck
60.You love yourself
61 You can gift one
62. Those moguls killed you
63. The mountain destroyed you
64. Your spinning instrutor is satan
65. You have tried everything else
66. Your bed is hotel floors
67. You are on tour living in a van
68. You stare at a computer all day
69. You got a raise!
70. You didn’t get that raise
71. Girls Day Out!!
72. You rocked out last night
73. You work hard
74. Its your birthday
75. Nobody else wants to touch your stinky feet.
76. I will come to your event or business
77. Your spouse thinks its a good idea.
78. You are a busy bee
79. You are a full time mommy!
80. You can not take the carpal tunnel one more day
81. This tennis elbow is making life horrable
82. You are preparing for a marathon
83. You are recovering from a marathon
84. You were playing tour guide to family
85. You are cramming for that test
86. you got an “a”
87. You got an “f”
88. You just moved
89. You are a truck driver
90. Those heavy dreads are hurting your neck
91. Your heart is broken
92. Do you really need a reason?
93. Its summer
94. Your friend is a massage therapist
95. School vacation!
96. You have body parts yelling at you, you didn’t even know you had!
97. Your mom is never going to use that gift certificate you gave her.
98. Its all the buzz…
99. Its good for your well-beeing

Treat your self to a Massage!

One of the biggest reasons people get massages is to relieve pain. Whether it’s chronic pain from an illness or cramps from excessive exercising, massage therapy is the key to relieving pain in a holistic, noninvasive manner. Depending on your health, level of pain and exercise routine, there are various types of massages to trigger certain tissues and relieve different levels of pain. Massages provide pain relief through applied pressure, muscle relaxation and increased circulation. With regular massage therapy sessions, patients can reduce muscle cramps and spasms, stiffness and prevent headaches and backaches.
Stress affects everyone in one way or another, but if you’re like one of the millions of people who deal with it every day, you’ve got to manage it. One of the best ways to relieve stress and keep stress-hormone levels in control is to get regular massages. Not only will you be overcome with relaxation and serenity during a massage, but you’ll also experience reduced pain and stress with every rub, stroke and knead on your achy muscles. Massage therapy also raises the body’s production and release of endorphins that enhance your mood and boost immunity. Reducing your stress levels will do wonders for your current mental and physical health, while preventing potential diseases or stress-related conditions.
3.Increases Circulation
Get your blood flowing and stimulate the lymphatic systems through regular massage therapy. When the massage therapist applies pressure, stimulates muscles and relieves pain, your circulatory system is hard at work pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs. Increased circulation improves blood flow, removes waste away from muscles and internal organs, lowers blood pressure and improves overall body function. Certain massages and techniques will improve the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease, as well as drain excess lymph through manual drainage.
4.Boosts Immunity
A strong immune system will help you fend off colds and fight infections fast. Unfortunately, poor nutrition, lack of sleep and stress have weakened our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness. A tried-and-tested way to boost your immunity is to get massages. Massage therapy can increase your body’s natural ability to protect itself and keep you healthy when others are sick.
Improves Posture and Flexibility
Regular massage therapy can do wonders for your posture and flexibility. Massage therapy loosens and relaxes muscles, which relieves pressure points and gives joints a greater range of motion. Once pressure points are relieved, the body can position itself properly and develop a natural posture that doesn’t cause pain.
High blood pressure is a serious condition that could lead to a heart attack, kidney failure or a stroke. There are several factors that cause high blood pressure, with stress, anxiety and hostility as major contributors. One way to combat high blood pressure and prevent such conditions is massage therapy. Regular massages have been found to lower blood pressure, by reducing stress-hormone levels that increase the chance for depression, anxiety and anger. Being pain-and stress-free will greatly affect your blood pressure and allow you to relax your mind.
6.Relaxes Muscles and Mind
Considering the amount of stressors that surround us every day, it can be difficult to allow our minds and bodies to fully relax. Massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to achieve a relaxed state of mind because you are free of responsibilities and control. Massage therapy loosens and relaxes tense, overworked muscles by working out knots and pains that cause discomfort. In addition to relaxing your body, massage therapy calms your mind and allows you to reach a state of much-needed relaxation and serenity.
7.Rehabilitates Injuries
Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation are important to the healing and recovery of injuries. But just because physical rehabilitation is over, doesn’t mean you won’t experience pain or additional injuries from the original problem area. This is where massage therapy fits in as a supplement to standard rehab. Massage therapy will help increase circulation, relax muscles, increase flexibility and posture and reduce recovery time, while easing stress that may be intensified from painful injuries.
8.Flushes Bodily Toxins
Massage therapy plays an important role in clearing toxins from your body. Regular massages can flush out lactic acid build-up in muscles, promote sinus drainage, loosen mucus in the lungs and break up scar tissue. Flushing out toxins and clearing the normal byproducts of muscle metabolism can result in reduced fatigue, improved stamina and accelerated healing of muscles or injuries.
9.Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Massages have the power to help regulate blood sugar levels of people with and without diabetes. Through various massages and techniques, blood sugar levels are reduced to allow for greater mobility and elasticity in the body. In addition to regulated blood sugar levels, massage therapy also reduces anxiety and depression in children with diabetes.
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