by Dr. Ray Mars
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions---the most common of course, being stress related tension, which many experts say is responsible for 80-90 percent of illnesses. For instance, massage has been proven helpful in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low-back pain, immunity suppression, spinal-cord injury, autism, postoperative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, just to name a few
Short-term benefits of massage improve circulation throughout the body, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after an injury, and enhance recovery from disease. At its long-term best, massage has the potential to restore a person physically, mentally and spiritually, which goes along way in the world we in live today.
Because massage is not considered to be “just a luxury” anymore, it is surprising how many men get massages. For many years, people would connect massage with the spa industry and its pampering atmosphere. Women are strong consumers of personal care and pampering. But through the years, men have become more and more self-indulgent, and personal grooming is considered to be hip and in. More men are becoming exposed to massage because of the high stress levels of everyday life and massage therapy’s help in the recovery time of active sports and workouts. A really good massage can alleviate a lot of that tension without the use of any medication.
Some people find massage to be a little painful at times. A brief explanation can be assessed to understand why: The body naturally creates a chemical called “lactic acid,” which is especially abundant during physical/emotional stress or trauma. Too much lactic acid can build up in key places in the body, resulting in muscle knots in places such as the neck and shoulders, causing much discomfort and pain. By massaging and breaking up these knots, this will allow the body to release this and all sorts of other toxins as well through the bloodstream and out of the body through elimination.
Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and this can really help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that could potentially happen due to extra tension and any added structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system, depending upon what is required by the individual, and this can help reduce fatigue leaving the client/patient with a feeling of replenished energy.
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