In America, over one in three adults above the age of 65 cite hypertension as a threat to their health. When combined with additional risks such as smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet, high blood pressure can have severe consequences. However, a gentle approach to massage can be beneficial in reducing high blood pressure. In most cases, Swedish massage is best suited to address this specific health condition.
As a no-pharmacological approach to treating hypertension, how massage really affects blood pressure levels is by lowering stress levels and decreasing heart rate. Consistent massage therapy sessions can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure (see terms below) as well as reduce the production of cortisol, the stress-hormone, responsible for exacerbating strain on your mind and body.
There are two different measures for blood pressure:
Diastolic Blood Pressure is the pressure of blood in your blood vessels when your heart rests in between beats.
Systolic Blood Pressure is the pressure of blood in your blood vessels when your heart beats.
With massage, both diastolic and systolic pressure is addressed. Additional benefits of lowering your blood pressure naturally through the art of massage include a reduction in anxiety, depression, and oftentimes a boost in mood and energy levels.
When considering massage for high blood pressure, you should always consult your regular doctor and be sure to discuss your needs with your massage therapist before your session. Massage is a great way to address the accumulation of stress from your daily life and take a moment to nurture your mind and body connection by forming a healthy habit to take charge of your wellness!