Massage – Luxury or Necessity?
Apr 04, 2011 02:41PM
● By Kimberle Smith
The American Massage Therapy Association conducted a study in 2001 that found the number of adults seeking massage therapy had more than doubled since 1997. Massage Therapy is no longer a luxury reserved for people who have too much free time, and money to burn. Massage Therapy is an effective, non-invasive, inexpensive treatment that relieves muscular pain and strain. It can improve your overall health by stimulating blood flow and lymphatic circulation which improves immune functions. Relaxing the muscles keeps the body flexible, improves sleep patterns, and stimulates endorphin levels which make us feel good and helps manage chronic pain.
Our busy lives and modern conveniences are often the cause of back pain. We’ve become so sedentary that we do very little walking, climbing, stooping or bending. Many people spend their days sitting too long at a computer or standing for long periods in fashionable shoes. Compensating for an uncomfortable shoe, a painful knee, or a headache can cause our bodies to work overtime to maintain an upright position. Our muscles lengthen and shorten to accomplish that goal creating a new imbalance that results in pain and strain. By taking a proactive approach and including massage in our wellness program we will improve our overall wellbeing and reduce our risk of injury and illness. We change the oil in our cars every 3000 miles and we rotate the tires and have them aligned, all as preventive maintenance. When our cars are traumatized they go straight to the body shop. When we experience any kind of trauma, if our first response is massage, our recovery will be more efficient and effective too.
Kimberle Smith is the owner of A-Live & Healthy Organic Eatery & Juice Bar. The restaurant is located at 205 McLeod in Merritt Island. For more information call 321-576-0990.