Monday, June 6, 2011

Massage Therapy

Hey!  I thought this would be a good topic to write a blogpost on since I only have 13 days left in massage therapy school!!! Yes, 8 months of hard work is bringing forth a sense of accomplishment. :)  After classes are done I have to take a board exam to get my license and then job-searching!  It's all so exciting and I'm really glad I chose this path.  I've met some amazing people at school and learned alot about the crazy-cool body God has given us.  I find it interesting that in the gospels, whenever Jesus healed people, He often touched them.  Another human-being's comforting touch can help the body in more ways that I believe we will ever discover through scientific studies.  Though I will admit, it is fascinating to look at what has been discovered as far as the benefits of massage therapy.  Massage therapy:

  • promotes lymph circulation
  • improves blood circulation 
  • increases red and white blood cell count
  • improves skin conditions
  • decreases pain
  • increases dopamine and serotonin levels
  • reduces cortisol levels
  • reduces stress and anxiety
  • relieves muscular tension
  • reduces muscle soreness and fatigue
  • increases flexibility
  • increases mineral retention in bone
  • reduces excessive scar formation
  • reduces fatigue
  • stimulates digestion

and the list goes on!! This is what is great - no drugs or surgery required.  The more the body is able to keep itself in a state of homeostasis the less diseases or problems occur.   So find a local licensed massage therapist to go to!  Even if you can only go once a month your body will thank you :)  Especially if you exercise - this is a great addition to keep your body in tip top shape.


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