When people discover the many benefits and joys of massage the first thing they also say is "When can I get in again for another appointment?"
Also a common question is "How often should I schedule my massage program?" Of course, this is by custom design, but studies indicate that massage at regular intervals is most beneficial to your health and well being.
A Newsweek article entitled "The Magic of Touch" considered the advantages of frequent massages. The following excerpts help to answer the question, "How often?"
"A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new research suggests it can have major health benefits....
After instituting a program of massage, job-specific exercises and ergonomics in 1990 a Virginia-based company has cut repetitive strain and stress injuries by 75 percent....
"From assembly lines to corporate headquarters, Americans are discovering the magic of massage. Boeing and Reebok report that headaches, back strain and fatigue have all fallen since the companies started bringing in massage therapists.
Doctors have started prescribing massage to help patients manage stress and pain. And a few HMO's have begun sharing in the cost. Massage is more like a medicine, not merely just an indulgence,' says Laura Favin of Not Just a Luxury Onsite Massage in New York....
"Scientists have found that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, dampen harmful stress hormones and raise mood elevating brain chemicals like serotonin. You can't beat massage for inducing rest and relaxation. Babies fall asleep faster and stay asleep when massaged. These factors put massage in the same category with proper diet and exercise as something that helps maintain our overall health.
Massage can also stimulate nerves that carry signals from the skin to the brain, triggering beneficial changes throughout the body. Field showed that massage, (not light touch) stimulates the brain's vagus nerve. This causes the secretion of food absorption hormones, including insulin. Nerve stimulation probably explains many other benefits as well.
"Similar to exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly. It is good to formulate an initial plan to get you back on track. Then a monthly treatment can usually help maintain general health.
'Touch is basic to survival,' says Elliot Greene, past president of AMTA [American Massage Therapy Assn.]. That's all the excuse anyone should need to indulge."
Your body strives to maintain optimum health by keeping all of its systems in balance. Proper nutrition, exercise, rest and massage relaxes tense muscles and stimulates the nervous system. This keeps you feeling your best. Make regular massage a priority in your life for a healthier you tomorrow!
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