Massage Gets Your Heart Healthy
Submitted by Janet Schwab – owner Elements Massage Chandler West
We've all seen it on TV or in a movie. The scene is tense, and the patient is doing poorly. The doctor calls out urgently. Scalpel! Suction! Massage Table! Wait a minute .... Massage table? Did the doctor ever scream for body oil? The good news is this: if you enjoy a massage, you just might be helping your heart and arteries stay healthy and youthful.
A regular massage regimen can reduce the risks associated with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias (the heart pumps less effectively, so less blood reaches the brain and other vital organs). Many long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease blood pressure. And maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart. Since massage improves circulation, it facilitates the flow of essential nutrients and oxygen to your body. In this way, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
For those who do not get enough physical exercise, a monthly massage is highly recommended. Keep in mind that the effects of regular massage are cumulative.
Buddha said that “to keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Maybe this is the week to schedule a massage and to move toward that goal!
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