Do you feel like your life is rush, rush, rush non-stop busy with no time for yourself?

During the 26 years I have been practicing massage therapy, I have heard this description from clients frequently: “I don’t stop till I drop at bedtime, then I get up the next morning and do it all over again.”

Sound familiar?  The constant push and overload and the resultant stress can cause the stress hormone cortisol to be secreted too often and for too long, suppressing the immune system.

People may then get sick because of a weakened immune system. This very scenario just happened to a friend of mine.  It is a cycle we can get into which compromises our health.

The most beneficial and effective way to break that cycle is with massage therapy.  A massage therapy session is a time out for you, your mind and body.  There is great benefit received from just one session.  When massage therapy is received on a regular basis, the benefits are cumulative.  One session builds on the other, your body handles stress better, you become more productive, you can feel more at ease in your body and life.

So, what are these benefits?

Nurturing contact and the comfort of human caring

A feeling of well being

Reduced levels of anxiety

Reduced mental and physical stress with deep relaxation

Reduction in muscle and joint tension and stiffness resulting in greater joint flexibility, range of motion, muscle extensibility and improved posture

Reduce blood pressure and increased circulation

Tension headache relief and a strengthened immune system

This is the short list, the benefits are many and varied.  To quote Robert Leach, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, Boston University School of Medicine, “Massage can break the cycle of spasm and pain, decreasing both.”

” A massage therapy appt.,whether for a 60 or 90 min. massage, gives the receiver quality “quiet time”; an “adult time -out”

and a much needed mental and physical break and respite from the many and varied roles we have and the multiple “hats

we wear.”  Renie R Pugh