Health Tips

Reduce stress with a Massage in Carson City

Administrator for Paradise - Friday, September 11, 2015
    Everyone seem to be interested in ways in which we can control our stress. Stress is defined as any psychological or physical situation or condition that causes tension or strain. In the definition we have two components; physical and psychological, they tend to manifest as one thing. If we want relief from stress,we need to take an active roll for our own state of health.

    Wellness is a concept in which people take personal responsibility. An active roll you can do easily is to get a massage.
 
    Massage is defined as systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes, including stress reduction. Some of the physiological benefits are improved muscle tone, circulation, and glandular activities. It promotes health and wellness while reducing stress. Soreness and stiffness of muscles will also get relief.

    A professional massage also benefits all the other systems of the body. For example; a massage therapist can use cross-fiber friction and compression movements to help prevent the formation of adhesions and fibrosis in muscles. A therapist may also use friction, vibration and percussion movements to produce a stimulation effect on the nervous system, while gentler strokes such as petrissage produce a sedative effect for the relief of tension. Massage movements that are directed toward the heart will facilitate the flow of blood and lymph back toward the heart. All these movements improve the circulation of blood, which in turn supplies beneficial nutrients to the skin.

    Because mind, body and spirit are one, massage is a good start in the pursuit of your personal practice and process for stress reduction.

    Massage should be avoided if you have a condition that appears to be a contraindication (medically inadvisable) to massage. Similarly, if you have a medical or mental condition that needs medical attention such as pain, redness, swelling or high temperature, massage should be avoided.
     
    In a future musing I hope to discuss simple roles we can take on for our own state of health and wellness. These include meditation, exercise, low-fat/high fiber diet, the balance between work and play, keeping a positive mental and spiritual attitude, healthy aging and stress resistance, the benefits of epsom salt baths and essential oils, self-acupressure for common ailments and more on massage. My source for much of this information came from ; Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark F. Beck

Lisa Crowley @ Paradise Salon/Spa/Wellness is your massage therapist in Carson City.





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