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Massage and a Healthier you

Pam Feb 16, 2012

Once considered a luxury, massage is now recognized as beneficial to health and well-being. It is being offered more and more along with more tradition medical treatments for a wide variety of conditions.  We all know that massage feels good, but studies are showing that massage may actually improve your health.   In a study performed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, participants who received 45 minute sessions of deep tissue Swedish massage showed significant decreases in levels of stress hormones in the blood and increases in white blood cells, which indicates a strengthened immune system.  The findings of the study indicate that massage may be effective in treating auto immune and inflammatory conditions.

According to Health Magazine, when stress hormones are reduced and “feel good” hormones serotonin and dopamine levels are increased by massage therapy, the results are a slower heart rate, reduced blood pressure and blocked pain receptors. Massage is also reported to provide relief from the painful symptoms of migraines, labor pain and fibromyalgia.

For even the healthiest clients, massage helps keep the immune system strong and boost your mood, which can have a powerful effect on your health.  Our wellness program allows you to make your health a priority at a discounted price along with Wellness Program member benefits.

 

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Alexandra on Feb 16, 2012
The decrease in cortisol and increase in serotonin and dopamine following massage has been a barrier breaker for helping TREAT my anxiety. Chronic elevated cortisol levels can lead to weight gain, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, compromised immune function and premature aging. Several of these conditions I suffered with and lead to early signs of fibromyalgia in my teens. I can say now that after years of being closely monitored by doctors and making some serious life changes, that the quickest relief to any of my symptoms happened with massage. It only took me one session, my first massage ever, the feel the change in my body. I go twice a month for 80 minutes. I haven't had to take medication for almost a year now.