Summer is the season of healing! Summertime is all about abundance and fun, but is your body ready for play? Here at Elements, we understand the importance of physical and mental balance, recovery, and rebuilding. Who says rebalancing your physical health can’t be fun? Metaphorically and physically, we want to help you find your balance this summer.
Massage Therapy Can Enhance Balance and Gait
Before our mid-sixties, most of us didn't give a second thought to our balance, but did you know that one in three people over the age of 65 fall annually? Similar to how eating our greens and citrus fruits boosts our immune system and cardiovascular exercise strengthens our heart, there are things we can do to improve our balance.
Massages help improve blood circulation throughout the body which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. In turn, the blood circulation to a person’s limbs can improve their sense of balance. Physically applying pressure to muscles and tendons helps the body to relax. Even the deeper tissue in the body that can be difficult for a massage therapist to reach, like the spinal musculature system, can still benefit from superficial muscles being massaged. This means that even a typical massage can improve your alignment and balance.
Physical Ways to Improve Balance
There are many easy exercises that you can do, even at home, to improve your balance.
One Foot Balance. When was the last time you tried balancing on one foot at a time? You can practice this while making your morning coffee or brushing your teeth!
Yoga. This is a great way to encourage better balance and incorporate exercise into your routine. Yoga is a gentle and easy way to increase flexibility and stability.
Walk the Runway. Strike a pose! Pretend you’re a model and walk heel to toe across the floor like you’re walking along a balance beam. This is a fun and easy way to improve balance and it can be kind of fun.
Heal Yourself Naturally
Your body is a wonderful vessel that can heal itself from sickness and ailments - with a little kick start of being kind to your body and exercising regularly.
Sleep. The National Institutes of Health recommend adults get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Getting the proper amount of rest can help the body heal and function properly.
Exercise. Exercise improves your energy by delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and improves your ability to sleep. It can also improve your overall mood by releasing various chemicals in the brain that help you to feel happier.
Hydrate & Eat Right. Dehydration can lead to slower healing and fatigue. Like exercise, water helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your cells. A good rule of thumb is drink half of your bodyweight in ounces of water, and more if you are out in the heat or exercise. Foods that are rich in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) can help fuel the body to heal and function.
Be Positive. By shifting your thought process to thinking more positively, you can actually change the way your body responds to pain. Seek out the good and laughter in everything, surround yourself with positive people, and change your attitude towards a situation. Of course, it’s okay and encouraged to feel negative emotions as they come, but it’s important not to sit in them for too long.
Are you up for a fun challenge? For the month of June, Elements Massage is challenging YOU to share your best balance pose. This could be balancing on one leg, both of your arms in the air, etc. Use the hashtag #BalanceWithElements on social media and show us how much your balance has improved!
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits massage therapy offers for physical balance and recovery, call us today! (414) 332-3260