How Often Should You Get a Massage?

How often should you get a massage? Bob Hope and Lance Armstrong were said to
get a massage nearly everyday! Bob Hope lived to be over 100 and Lance won the
Tour de France seven times! Hmmmmm, maybe there is something to massage?!!

Investing in ones health is not easy for everyone. Some people are busy with seeing
to the needs of others that they neglect their own needs. Remember when you fly
and the flight attendant is showing you how to put on the oxygen masks? They
remind you to secure your own before you help anyone else! Taking care of oneself
enables you to better care for others.

Massage can help reduce pain and reduce stress. Those are two of the most common
complaints. Pain and stress can lower the quality of your life; can make you irritable
and depressed. Massage is one of the oldest healing techniques and when performed
by a Licensed Massage Therapist can do wonders for the body and mind.

Can one hour a week or even month make that much of a difference? Yes! Often
times we find ourselves in a cycle that we can’t get out of.

Stress=muscle tension.
Muscle tension=pain/discomfort.
Pain/Discomfort= increased stress.

It can be maddening. Stress related disorders are many; some of the more common
ones are:
-Anxiety Disorders
-Chronic Pain
-Sleep Problems
-Colds/Flu
-High blood Pressure
-Digestive Problems

The stress of dealing with these conditions can….well, start the cycle all over again!

Can massage cure a common cold? Well no….However, if you are more prone to
sickness because you are under stress, massage can certainly help with that. When
someone is under stress “not so helpful” hormones are released. Epinephrine,
Norepinephrine, Cortisol. Massage reduces the production of those “not so helpful”
hormones. At the same time massage increases the production of the “oh so helpful”
hormones: Dopamine, Seratonin and Oxytoxin.

I say-see to your needs, take care of yourself. Invest in your health. You are worth it!
If it was good enough for Bob Hope and Lance Armstrong then it’s good enough for
you!

And your loved ones will thank you.

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