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November 2017

Happy Holidays, and welcome to this month’s article! Once again, another year has zipped by us, and the holiday season is nearly here. Are you ready for the busy season?

There is always so much to do to prepare for the holidays; it’s such a relief when the work is done and we can finally relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Remember to pace yourself and not take on more than you can reasonably handle. Including time for that much needed massage in the midst of your hectic schedule can help you maintain your health and happiness, so be sure to get your next appointment on your calendar!

Enjoy the rest of this month’s issue; hopefully you find it inspires you to take proper care of yourself. Life is more enjoyable when you feel your best.

Have a wonderful holiday season; see you soon!

Four Reasons to Get a Massage during the Holiday Season
by Candice Reimholz

The holidays are here and this time of year is all about giving, making other people’s holiday wishes come true, and selflessness. But what about you? What have you done for yourself lately? Certainly it wouldn’t hurt to treat yourself while you are out taking care of everyone else. These are the top 4 reasons to get yourself a massage this holiday season.

Stress: This is the most stressful time of year for the average person. Your shopping list is two miles long, your in-laws are in town, and you’re out of time! Take 60 minutes and let someone else release your stress-fighting hormones while you forget about your to-do list.

It’s cold: When the temperature drops, muscles get tight. It happens every year. The warm loose muscles of the summer months are long gone and achy backs/hips/knees have arrived. Let your massage therapist warm up those muscles and joints and help relieve your pain.

You’re doing too much: You haven’t stopped moving, you’re carrying heavy bags, putting up lights, carrying boxes out of the crawl space, cleaning your house, etc. Your body isn’t used to standing while baking cookies for 10 hours, or spending a day on a ladder putting up your lights. You’re bound to get some kinks along the way. Massage therapy can help you recover faster.

It’s not a luxury anymore: If I have said it once, I’ve said it a thousand timesmassage is no longer considered a luxury, but rather an effective treatment for many medical conditions. Help prevent further injury and dysfunction by having a professional clinical massage therapist work on you today.


Human touch can be a powerful tool for healing
by Julie Drake

Have you ever pondered the meaning of the phrase: it was touching? We use it to describe intensely emotional, heart-warming and meaningful events or situations. Why the word “touch”? Why add a tactile descriptor to a phrase? Touch implies compassion and care.

Touch is a powerful sense for both the person touching, and the person receiving touch. An entire branch of science is devoted to haptics, which is the study of touch and tactile feedback. Also, the research is rich around how receiving touch impacts health.

I have heard far too many stories of patients receiving care from a health care professional that never took the time to actually touch them. The patient felt like just a data point, a number, a vital sign. The simple act of a health care professional touching the patient transforms the interaction from delivering treatment to healthCARE. With touch comes trust.

Beyond demonstrating “care,” touch can tell us the texture, density, pliability and temperature of a surface. Massage therapists, specifically, are highly trained professionals who earn a living based on touch.

For years massage therapy was thought of as only for the wealthy. Massage is now known as more than something one does for fun on vacation, but rather dramatically helpful for people living with various health conditions. Massage is helpful in reducing most types of pain, reduces anxiety and depression, calms a person in distress, and can even help with digestion, circulation and lymph system function.

When the stress hormone cortisol was measured before and immediately after a massage, researchers from the University of Miami, School of Medicine have found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53 percent. Industry research continues to point toward massage therapy as an effective approach to positively affect the body’s biochemistry in order to treat mental and physical ailments, as well as complement traditional medical treatments. ...


Massage Therapy May Boost Immune System Functioning

A growing body of research indicates massage therapy can benefit the immune system, especially important during winter months.

Regular massages have been shown to make the immune system stronger, according to studies.

“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” said Jeff Smoot, 2015 President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”

Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.


There's no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
— Joyce Meyer

The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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