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Five Surprising Benefits of Massage

Today, I’d like to share an article about the Five Surprising Benefits of Massage. The article can be found at http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/09/03/five-surprising-benefits-of-massage.html

The newest cure-all may be an ancient one: simple touch. The Chinese have been using massage for all kinds of medical conditions for centuries. Now, Western research is confirming that massage isn’t just for muscle pain. One of the most surprising findings: massage may help premature babies gain weight. When Tiffany Field, a professor of pediatrics, became a new mother, she massaged her premature infant daughter and was so impressed with the results she later founded the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Massage, it turns out, may boost immunity and help people with a range of conditions from premenstrual syndrome to high blood pressure. It also seems to help soothe pain from arthritis, burns and even surgery. Here are five surprising facts about massage from the research findings at TRI and elsewhere that you can put to use:

1. Pick Your Spot: You don’t have to massage the part of the body that hurts most. If you’re shy about letting a friend touch your aching lower back, for instance, she could help by massaging your shoulders instead. This is because massage creates chemical changes that reduce pain and stress throughout the body. One way it does this is by reducing a brain chemical called substance P that is related to pain. In a TRI study, for example, individuals with a form of muscle pain called fibromyalgia showed less substance P in their saliva (and they reported reduced pain) after a month of twice-weekly massages.

2. De-Stress, Stay Healthy. Massage may boost immunity. Several studies have measured the stress hormone called cortisol in subjects’ saliva before and after massage sessions, and found dramatic decreases. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity, so when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness while under stress.

3. Blood Pressure Benefits: Massage reduces hypertension, suggests a good deal of research. This may be because it stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that emerges from the brain. The vagus nerve regulates blood pressure, as well as other functions. In a 2005 study at the University of South Florida, hypertension patients who received 10 massages of 10 minutes each over three weeks showed significant improvements in blood pressure compared to a control group who simply rested in the same environment without any massage.

4. Technique Tactics: There’s little evidence to support one kind of massage over another, says Field, so don’t worry about whether your therapist is schooled in Shiatsu, Swedish or some other technique. The key is pressure firm enough to make a temporary indentation in the skin. If you try massage with a partner, use massage oil, which you can find in a health-food store or pharmacist, but test a little on your skin first to make sure you are not allergic.

5. Self Help. You can massage yourself. Although you don’t have to massage the part of the body that hurts to relieve pain, targeting that area does tend to help more. One example is massaging the arms. If you’re in danger of developing inflamed nerves in your hands or arms from repetitive movements (like typing on a keyboard, or even gripping a steering wheel for hours at a time) try massaging your arms for 15 minutes a day. Stroke from the wrist to the elbow and back down on both sides of the forehand.

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10 Benefits of Saturday Massage!

On average, there are 730 hours in a month. When you invest 30 minutes a month in Indian head massage, it can help you can improve their physical, mental and emotional health.

10. Massage is a natural pain reliever.   If you have tense muscles or headaches after your long week at work, a 30 minute massage helps the body to naturally control pain by stimulating the brain to produce endorphins.

9. Massage helps boost immunity.   Massage therapy can increase your body’s natural ability to protect itself and keep you healthy, building your resilience to stress.  Indian head massage will improve the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease.

8. Massage helps relieve stress.   An Indian head massage can bring your body and mind into a relaxation state.   It also raises the body’s production and release of endorphins.   These are stress and pain preventing hormones that enhance mood and boost immunity.   Reducing your stress levels will help your current mental and physical health, while preventing potential diseases or stress-related conditions.

7. Massage helps improve posture and flexibility.   Indian head massage loosens and relaxes muscles in the shoulders, neck and head, which relieves pressure points and gives joints a greater range of motion.   Once pressure points are relieved, the body can position itself properly and develop a natural posture that doesn’t cause pain.

6. Massage helps lower blood pressure.   Regular massages have been found to lower blood pressure, by reducing the stress-hormone levels that can cause onset depression, anxiety and anger.   Being pain-and stress-free will greatly affect your blood pressure and allow you to relax your mind.

5. Massage helps relax muscles and mind.   Indian head massage activates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system that controls its ability to feel good.   It loosens and relaxes tense, overworked muscles by breaking up adhesions that cause discomfort.   In addition to relaxing your body, Indian head massage also calms a racing mind

4. Massage helps you breathe easier.   Indian head massage helps relax the respiratory muscles, which can tighten during the busyness of a busy workload, long hours and stress.   Breathing easier means your respiratory system works better, giving you more energy.

3. Massage is better than a holiday!   No sunburn, no long flights and no groping airport security.   There’s no stress of planning what to do on your holiday, you just lie back, close your eyes, and relax!   You won’t come back feeling like you “need a holiday after your holiday”.

2. Getting a massage is like a week full of Sundays!   A 30 minute massage on a weekly or even on a monthly basis, can help you recharge for the coming week or month ahead.

1. Investing 30 minutes a month in your health by getting an Indian head massage can help you sleep better, boost your immune system, increase your energy levels, build resilience to stress, be more productive, be happier and generally improve your physical, mental and emotional health!

A quote from Leonardo da Vinci gives me food for thought, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

My name is Tracy Fitzgerald. I help people manage their wellness so they can enjoy their lives more. I practice Indian head massage and Reiki, and I teach wellness and massage workshops. I have a treatment room in Castlebar and I offer a home visit service covering a 30 mile radius from Castlebar. I have gift vouchers available so you can give the gift of relaxation to a loved one.

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My Three Best Customers

My three best customers, at the moment, are a housewife with fibromyalgia, a woman in her 30’s and a woman over 60.

One of my best customers is a woman with fibromyalgia. She was feeling frustrated and at her wits end. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness that can be described as arthritis of the muscles. The pain meant she found it difficult to walk or to do housework and she was tired and frustrated. I give her an Indian head massage and Reiki treatment every 1-2 weeks. After receiving regular treatments, the pain has become easier to manage and she’s feeling happier and less stressed.

The woman in her 30’s comes to me to help her cope with the busyness of life. She gives me a call every month. When she rings, she’s feeling overwhelmed, busy and fatigued. I bring my chair to her home and give her a thirty minute Indian head massage. To help create a relaxing atmosphere, I have gentle music playing in the background. She sits on the chair, and I ask her to close her eyes, and to give herself permission to relax for the next thirty minutes. After the massage, she feels relaxed, sleepy and chilled out. After a good night’s sleep, the next day she feels focused and able to handle the busyness of life again.

My next best customer is a woman in her 60’s. She tried an Indian head massage in September and has been getting a monthly massage since. She finds that the massage helps her arthritis and just makes her feel great. This month, she’s decided to get a massage every second week as she enjoys them so much and they make her feel so good.

My name is Tracy Fitzgerald. I help people manage their wellness so they can enjoy their lives more. I practice Indian head massage and Reiki, and I teach wellness and massage workshops. I have a treatment room in Castlebar and I offer a home visit service covering a 30 mile radius from Castlebar. I have gift vouchers available so you can give the gift of relaxation to a loved one.

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Allergic to Spring?

Indian head massage can help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation in the body and decreasing cortisol (stress) levels. It can help alleviate inflammation of the sinuses caused by springtime allergies.

Call me today to book an Indian Head Massage, a massage of the upper back, arms, neck, head and face.

My name’s Tracy Fitzgerald and I help you manage your wellness and enjoy your life more.

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Are you living in pain because of Fibromyalgia?

Indian head massage can reduce muscle tension and ease pain in the muscles and soft tissue. It can also improve circulation, range on motion and boost production of natural painkillers. It can improve your mood and help you sleep better too.

Call me today to book an Indian Head Massage, a massage of the upper back, arms, neck, head and face.

My name’s Tracy Fitzgerald and I help you manage your wellness and enjoy your life more.

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Stress Management Course

Book your place on my next Stress Management Course on Eventbrite!!
http://www.eventbrite.ie/event/5749310342#

This 6 week course will help you identity the symptoms of stress and give you useful tools to help you manage. Each week will include a short meditation and stress management techniques that you can use at home.

6 week course Starting Thursday 28 March, 7-8pm

Venue: Order of Malta, Pavilion Road, Castlebar.

Investment: €50

Testimonial
“Tracy I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a wonderful day at your Indian Head Massage & Stress Management Course yesterday! An informative, inspirational, relaxing day- highly recommended!! Thanks!”
Helen Clarke, Foxford, May 2012

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Eugene Schwartz’s 33 Minute Rule for Productivity

Eugene Schwartz uses the analogy that the mind is like a horse. If you work it too hard, it will “drop dead”. You’ll stop being productive and go stale. Not permanently, but on a given day, if you exhaust yourself mentally, you won’t continue doing your best, most creative work.

To combat this problem, Schwartz devised a method that’s come to be known as the 33 minute rule. Whatever he was working on, he would set a timer for 33 minutes and 33 seconds, and when that timer went off he would stop whatever he was doing – however important – and take a break for a few minutes to clear his head.

Stretch your legs, get some fresh air or have a drink of water. During those 33 active minutes, you focus and use them effectively. When you’re conscious that you’re working inside a finite block of time, you make every minute count.

Thanks to Damien Elsing for this tip – find his post at http://writetodone.com/2013/02/28/how-i-turbocharged-my-freelance-writing-productivity/

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