Massage for Health Newsletter November The Benefits of Massage by jaredazuma


									 Massage for Health Newsletter
  November 2007

The Benefits of Massage
Bodywork Goes Beyond Relaxation

                                                                                                 You can dance
As you lie on the table under crisp, fresh         cultures. Touching is a natural human
sheets, hushed music draws you into the            reaction to pain and stress, and for
moment. The smell of sage fills the air            conveying compassion and support.
and you hear the gentle sound of                   When you bump your head or have a
massage oil being warmed in your
therapist's hands. Once the session gets
underway, the daily stressors and aching
                                                   sore calf, the natural response is to rub
                                                   it to feel better. The same was true of
                                                   our earliest ancestors.
                                                                                                 anywhere, even
muscles fade into an oblivious 60
minutes of relief, and all you can
comprehend right now is not wanting it
                                                   Healers      throughout    time      and
                                                   throughout the world have instinctually
                                                                                                 if only in your
to end.                                            and independently developed a wide
                                                   range of therapeutic techniques using
But what if that hour of massage did               touch. Many are still in use today, and
more for you than just take the pressures          with good reason. We now have scientific
of the day away? What if that gentle,              proof of the benefits of massage --           -Source unknown
Swedish massage helped you combat                  benefits ranging from treating chronic
cancer? What if bodywork helped you                diseases and injuries to alleviating the
recover from a strained hamstring in               growing tensions of our modern
half the time? What if your sleep,                 lifestyles. Having a massage does more

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Along with easing stress -- the No. 1 cause of disease -- massage has a long list of benefits.
                                                                                                 In this Issue

digestion, and mood all improved with              than just relax your body and mind --         The Benefits of Massage
massage and bodywork? What if these                there are specific physiological and          Massage for Your Teenager?
weren't just "what if's"?                          psychological changes that occur, and         Somatic Semantics
                                                   even more so when massage is utilized as
Evidence is showing that the more                  a preventative, frequent therapy and not
massage you can allow yourself, the                simply mere luxury. Massage not only
better you'll feel. Here's why:                    feels good, but it can cure what ails you.

Massage as a healing tool has been
around for thousands of years in many             Continued on page 2
Continued from page 1                        toxic invaders. For example, in breast           - Reduces post-surgery adhesions and
                                             cancer patients, massage has been shown          edema and can be used to reduce and
The Fallout of Stress                        to increase the cells that fight cancer.         realign scar tissue after healing has
                                             Furthermore, increased circulation of            occurred;
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90       blood and lymph systems improves the
percent of disease is stress-related.        condition of the body's largest organ --         -    Improves range-of-motion and
Massage and bodywork is there to             the skin;                                        decreases discomfort for patients with
combat that frightening number by                                                             low back pain;
helping us remember what it means to         - Relaxes and softens injured and
relax. The physical changes massage          overused muscles;                                - Relieves pain for migraine sufferers
brings to your body can have a positive                                                       and decreases the need for medication;
effect in many areas of your life. Besides   - Reduces spasms and cramping;
increasing relaxation and decreasing                                                          - Provides exercise and stretching for
anxiety, massage lowers blood pressure,      - Increases joint flexibility;                   atrophied     muscles    and    reduces
increases circulation, improves injury                                                        shortening of the muscles for those with
recovery, encourages deep sleep, and         - Reduces recovery time and helps                restricted range of motion;
increases concentration. It reduces          prepare the body for strenuous
fatigue and gives you more energy to         workouts, reducing subsequent muscle             -     Assists with shorter labor for
handle stressful situations.                 pain of athletes at any level;                   expectant mothers, as well as reduces the
                                                                                              need for medication, eases postpartum
Massage is a perfect elixir for good         - Releases endorphins -- the body's              depression and anxiety, and contributes
health, but it can also provide an           natural painkiller -- and is proving very        to a shorter hospital stay.
integration of body and mind. By             beneficial in patients with chronic
producing a meditative state or              illness, injury, and post-op pain;
heightened awareness of the present
moment,     massage   can     provide
emotional and spiritual balance,
bringing with it true relaxation and

The incredible benefits of massage are
doubly powerful if taken in regular
"doses." Researchers from the Touch
Research Institute (TRI) at the
University of Miami, found that
recipients of massage can benefit even in
small doses (15 minutes of chair massage
or a half-hour table session). They also
note that receiving bodywork two to
three times a week is even more
beneficial. While this may not be
feasible, it's nice to know that this
"medicine" only gets better with

What It Does
In an age of technical and, at times,
impersonal medicine, massage offers a
drug-free,     non-invasive,      and
humanistic approach based on the
body's natural ability to heal itself.
Following is a brief list of the many
known, research-based benefits of
massage and bodywork:

- Increases circulation, allowing the
body to pump more oxygen and
nutrients into tissues and vital organs;

- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the
body's natural defense system, against
                                             Drinking plenty of water after a massage is important for helping wash toxins from the body.
Massage for Your Teenager?
Bodywork Can Ease Adolescent Angst

While teens may be less likely than their   Perhaps even more crucial, teen massage
parents to go to a massage therapist,       can help improve body image and sleep
there are plenty of reasons why this age    patterns, and contribute to decreased
group should be encouraged to give it a     depression, anxiety, and stress. This
try. The benefits of massage are well       keeps a teen connected to her body, even
documented, among them relief of            as it morphs in confounding ways.
muscle      tension,    lowered    stress   "Many teens are self-conscious, and not
hormones,       increased    sense     of   happy with their bodies," says Eeris
relaxation, improved immune function,       Kallil, massage therapist and shiatsu
and even a heightened ability to            instructor at the Boulder College of
concentrate, according to studies           Massage Therapy, in Colorado.
conducted by the Touch Research             "Massage can help teens stay grounded."
Institute at the University of Miami        Bodywork has also been reported to help
School of Medicine. But for teenagers,      mediate eating disorders, a growing
there's an additional payback.              concern among teens.

The teenage body is in the midst of         Another potential plus: A beneficial,
transformation -- exponential growth        therapeutic relationship can develop
and development in a rapid period of        between bodyworkers and teenagers             Massage eases teen depression and anxiety.
time. On the physical side, teens may be    during the years when adolescents need
at increased risk for aches, pains, and     adult confidantes, but keep parents at a
injury. Many teens strain their bodies      distance. The practitioner can become a
with competitive sports, get erratic        supportive, trusted adult in a teen's life.
sleep, and consume a less-than-optimal      And the session itself, according to
diet. Massage can help muscles recover      Kallil, can be a way to deal with all the
from overuse, and help balance the body     physical and emotional turmoil of this
and maintain that stability.                tender age.

Somatic Semantics
What Exactly is CAM?
Complementary         and     alternative   using herbs to treat stomach upset rather     These doctors are committed to a
medicine (CAM) refers to healing            than taking pharmaceuticals. And the          fundamental redesign of medical
modalities that don't fall into             merging of alternative and conventional       education including such principles as:
conventional        Western      medical    medicine is referred to as "integrative
philosophy,      including    bodywork,     medicine," connoting the idea of              --Appropriate use of conventional and
acupuncture, herbology, homeopathy          combining the best of both healing            alternative methods to facilitate the
and mind/body techniques. CAM is            philosophies.                                 body's innate healing response;
becoming a more familiar term as
approximately 125 million Americans         CAM is continually gaining the respect        --Consideration of all factors that
suffering from chronic illness --           of the Western medical system, as             influence health, including mind,
arthritis, back pain, hypertension, and     indicated by the nearly 100 medical           spirit, and community;
depression -- look for solutions that       schools now offering courses in
conventional medicine can't provide.        alternative therapies. The University of      --A philosophy that neither rejects
                                            Arizona is an exceptional model of such       conventional medicine nor accepts
"Complementary" modalities are used         a school, offering the nation's only          alternative medicine uncritically.
together with conventional medicine,        postgraduate, two-year Program in
such as utilizing aromatherapy to lessen    Integrative Medicine (PIM). Founded in        For more information and research
a patient's discomfort following surgery.   1994, PIM is designed to teach small          about CAM, visit the nonprofit
"Alternative" modalities are used in        groups of physicians how to integrate         Alternative Medicine Foundation's
place of conventional medicine, such as     holistic modalities into their practices.     website,
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