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Why Massage Therapy Should Be Part of Your 2018 Wellness Routine

03 Jan 2018

At our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu therapy school, one thing we’ve observed recently is that Americans are becoming more proactive with their health. It’s especially true of the largest segment of the population, what’s referred to as the baby boomers, those who are either of approaching retirement age or are already there.

But it’s not just limited to older adults. Most people are moving from becoming passive recipients of medical care to actively adding things to their lives to promote wellness – nutritious and healthy foods, exercise and other activities, getting outdoors more, and natural elements like aromatherapy, herbs, and therapeutic massage.

It should come as no surprise to our regular readers that we view massage therapy as a health care tool rather than a luxury. And you should, too.  

While many studies have been done on the benefits of massage therapy for management of specific diseases or conditions, we’d like to focus on its many benefits for everyone, regardless of health, good or poor. When you have regular therapeutic massages (once a month or more), you can expect:

  • To sleep better – longer and deeper – as well as falling asleep faster. In this fast-paced world, who couldn’t use more sleep!
  • To feel less anxious about life in general – less stress! Stress produces much more than mental pressure. The body releases certain chemicals under stress, and when stress levels remain high, those chemicals can do substantial damage to the body, especially affecting the immune system.
  • To be better able to fight off germs (viruses and bacteria). For a number of reasons, therapeutic massage encourages a better immune response. It also promotes the flow of lymph in the body, which is vital to the immune system.
  • To have lower blood pressure. As of 2016, it was estimated that 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure. Recent reports indicate that estimate may be low and that in fact, high blood pressure is much more common.
  • To have less pain (fewer headaches), or at least to be able to better manage any chronic pain naturally, without the use of medications.
  • To be more flexible and have a greater range of motion, even as you age. No, you don’t have to get stiff as you get older! Therapeutic massage can help those muscles to work easier and to recover faster when they are injured.

Depending on the type of massage you get, you may also experience a better gastrointestinal function, healthier skin, and more.

So why not make getting a massage on a regular basis a part of your life in the coming year?  If you don’t have a bodywork therapist you see already, we’d love to have you visit our Student Clinic for a one-hour session to see just what a great massage can do for you.  Massages are provided under supervision by students nearing the end of their training in one of our massage and shiatsu programs. They are discounted quite a bit from the average rate around town, and appointments are available most Fridays and Saturdays. Call us today at 952-562-5200 to schedule.

 

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