Back in the days when people used their bodies a lot in day-to-day survival, people didn’t have to put focus on keeping themselves healthy through exercise—it happened naturally. In our more sedentary lives, we can see how lack of physical activity can adversely affect our health.
Staying physically active can make a big difference in your health and the way you feel, so do what you can to get moving on a regular basis.
Since it’s hard for many people to make time for regular exercise, remember that massage can help you in this area. When you use your body physically, your efforts assist your body to do all of its many internal jobs, keeping everything moving properly. Massage strokes also can help your body to function better—while helping you to de-stress and relax at the same time. So, be sure to make some time for your next massage; see you then!
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How Does Massage Support Better Health?
If your goal is to improve the quality of your health and well-being, then massage and bodywork make the ideal “life support system.”
For example, stress can adversely affect your cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. As you take steps to reduce the stressful influences in your life, your regular massage sessions will assist your body to return to a more normal state of operation, actually helping to reverse the physical changes the stress has created.
When you eat properly, you are supplying your body with nutrients to rebuild and maintain healthy cells. Massage aids the body in moving substances throughout the system, encouraging this process.
Water promotes internal cleansing, and again massage is helping to rid your body of its waste by improving the function of the circulatory and digestive systems.
It’s common knowledge that bodywork is a great tool to relax tense muscles. Less known is that massage can assist your muscles to “re-set” themselves to normal conditions, and can help to reverse habitual positions that can cause you chronic discomfort.
Your body is in a constant state of change. The choices you make each day will influence the quality of your life. Making massage and bodywork sessions a regular part of your life can make a significant difference in the results you experience. Do all you can to ensure a healthy future; you’ll be glad you did!
Stress could defeat dieting — As many people rediscover around this time of year, diets tend not to work for very long. One confounding factor may be stress, ScienceNOW reports. Neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania found that dieting seems to render lab mice more sensitive to stress and less able to resist the food cravings that it triggers. The mice were first put on a moderate diet that cut 10 percent to 15 percent of their weight. When they were exposed to stressful noises, the dieters’ blood had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than nondieters’ blood. Those levels remained elevated even after the mice were taken off their diets and returned to normal weight. When subjected anew to mild stress, the ex-dieters were more likely than a control group to soothe themselves by eating large amounts of hig h-fat food. “Dieting not only increases stress, making successful dieting more difficult,” says lead researcher Tracy Bale. “It may actually ‘reprogram’ how the brain responds to future stress and emotional drives for food.” Further studies will be needed to see whether the underlying mechanisms also apply to humans. If they do, they may establish stress as a reason why some persistent dieters struggle to maintain their weight loss.
– The Week, Vol 10 Iss 494
Prevent chronic pain Whether your daily schedule keeps you active or hunched over a desk, you’re always susceptible to chronic aches and pains that develop over time. But if these daily pains aren’t addressed as soon as possible, they can cause irreparable damage to your body, says Todd Durkin, author of The Impact! Body Plan.
The most common causes of our daily pain: too much stress, too much sitting, poorly designed exercise programs, too little stretching before workouts and poorrecovery after. But for every problem there is a solution:
Stretch your legs. When spending hours in any sedentary position, walk around or stretch for 10 minutes at least once every two hours. The idea is to move, whether it’s doing lunges or just walking to the bathroom.
Mind your posture. When sitting, prevent slumping by keeping your shoulders back and chest open, allowing full and deep breaths.
Don’t skip stretching. By emphasizing your preworkout stretches, you’ll improve your flexibility and mobility in the correct joints. Stretching may not yield any visible results, but you’ll feel the difference.
— Christine J. Kim in USA Weekend magazine 11/28/10
Commit to your health! Schedule your next massage! Regular appointments can:
• Help support better health
• Minimize stress
• Strengthen your immune system
• Give you something to look forward to each month
• Make you feel great!
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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