Did you know you could massage your way to good health? That’s right, it’s not just to release stress and tension.
Just one hour on the table can fight pain,help you sleep and boost your immune system and that many hospitals are making it a standard therapy.
Researchers found that massage can work better than common treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic therapy. Its really not clear why, but several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine.
Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which in turn may help them heal. A bonus it seems to ease distress from migraine,labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia. ‘We know that the right side of the frontal lobe of the brain is more active when we are sad and the left sides activated when we are happy. Studies have shown that massage decreases activity in the right lobe and increases functioning in the left that’s why you leave after a massage with a sense of well being. Massage also increases delta waves-those linked with deep sleep that’s why its easy to drift off on the massage table. So lets see less cortisol and more serotonin and dopamine in your system may mean less stress, anxiety and depression. Sign me up? Ever hear of a Brazilian Toe Massage? Its not having your toes massages or being massaged by the toes. It’s a type of healing art straight out of Brazil and its has a great deal more in common with acupuncture or reflexology than with massage. Brazilian massages focuses on very light touches in which the practitioner holds the toe between two fingers while manipulating the chi in the body. This type of massage helps release excessive energy trapped in the organs by increasing the flow of energy into the organs whose energy has been either depleted or undercharged. By holding the toes the massage therapist helps create a circuit of chi energy from their own body to the person receiving the treatment which in turns influence the organs. There are six energy meridians in the body that run from the organs to the toes. So remember that lady’s when you are wearing those pointed shoes. The benefits a Brazilian Toe Massage is :insomnia-aches & pains-reduced stress & tension-reduced head aches-recovering from the flu.
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