Stress and Massage Massage is a pleasurable experience. It increases your body self awareness and sensitivity, reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels, calms the nervous system, relaxes, focuses and clears your mind, helps to improve and maintain your posture, helps to fulfill your need for a caring and nurturing touch, encourages self-esteem and a general feeling of well-being and improves your emotional awareness. Health Benefits of Massage The effects of a massage can vary according to the techniques employed. With most methods, the circulation of blood is enhanced throughout the body, the nervous system is calmed or activated and the muscles are stretched and relaxed. Specific techniques may be employed to target the lymphatic system, the digestive tract or other body systems. Relieving physical pain and stress improves your mental health and your physical well-being. Increasing the blood flow through massage can help to flush out waste generated by your muscles and body. Most people will feel very relaxed and experience relief from long-term aches and pains developed from tension, stress or a repetitive activity. Following an initial period of calmness, people often experience a surge of energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity that can last for many days. Massage enhances medical treatments and may shorten the time it takes for the body to recover from injury and illness. Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure.Web Links
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) www.amtamassage.org The AMTA is the oldest and largest institution representing the massage therapy profession. Their website is a great reference for industry related information and current events.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) www.ncbtmb.com The NCBTMB aims to foster higher standards of ethical and professional practice through a credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of massage therapy and bodywork. This is a professional credential, but will not substitute for a license to practice massage therapy.
WebMD Health www.webmd.com WebMD Health is the leading provider of online information, educational services and communities for physicians and consumers. Their website provides an archive to many medical journals and articles and in-depth descriptions of various conditions and illnesses.
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