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The view of massage is continually shifting from being merely an extravagance to a viable method of increasing your overall health and well being.  Many have started to understand massage is so much more than a few minutes of relaxation and can provide you with some great benefits.  The impact of massage can have a long lasting positive effect on your health, attitude, and life in general, here are 3 reasons why.

 

Detoxification of your body                                                       massage arth

While getting a massage, your muscles are experiencing a sensation of movement and pressure which causes blood flow and lymph activity to increase and travel toward targeted regions of your body. Increased blood flow lets your liver and kidneys work more efficiently by flushing out toxins and reducing the amount of other harmful substances known to create pain or lingering health issues.  On top of all this, your amount of accessible oxygen and hydrogen raises and swelling caused by exercise or injuries is reduced.

 

Improved posture                                                                                posture

Unfortunately, if you have bad posture, you fit right in with a large portion of our surrounding population.  There are many contributing factors to this sad truth including rising obesity rates, poor working conditions, and bad habits.  If left unchanged, these factors can cause you to experience degenerative issues with your spine and its surrounding support.  These issues will then cause you to slip further down a destructive path as you attempt to overcompensate and end up using your muscles in ways you are not supposed to.  This irregular strain on your muscles causes pain and muscle tightness.

Using an assortment of massage methods, these issues can be reversed and your muscles and joints can start shifting back to their appropriate areas and tasks. Once this process begins, your weight distribution will even out, and your posture will improve.  Improved posture is particularly important for anyone who is overweight because it will help soothe any problems with breathing complications, circulation, and injury prevention.  Good posture is also very beneficial for athletes, dancers, and other types of performers.

 

Relieving stress                                                                                     stress

Throughout the day, your body is releasing chemicals to assist you in focusing, dealing with intense circumstances, and physical effort.  This process is tiring on your body in several ways.  For example, unused energy being released into your blood stream will reposition itself near your waist in the shape of fat.  Also, the mental fatigue causes people to rely on a chemical stimulant like coffee, sugar, are fat filled foods.

Massage assists your body in fighting off these problems by telling your brain to release serotonin, dopamine, and other natural and positive feeling chemicals.  These chemicals induce a sense of tranquility and calmness which revitalizes the body in a unique way that is difficult to obtain elsewhere.

 

All of the benefits we have discussed, and others, can be acquired through massage.  Massage is more than just a relaxing activity and can lead you to feel more content, less pain, faster healing, and a general sense of enhanced health and wellbeing.  If you have any questions related to structural integration or massage, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Structura, please call us at 801-897-8711.

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