Article from Healthandyoga.com
Benefits of Massage
It is well known that a balanced life is essential to optimal health. Balance in diet, exercise, work and play, and social relationships plays an important role in physical and mental well-being. In today's fast-paced world, one of our greatest health challenges is to balance the effects of stress in our lives. Stress can accumulate over time and lead to chronic tension and anxiety, and feelings of being "stressed-out." It is not surprising that many of the illnesses plaguing modern humanity are either directly related to or greatly aggravated by to much stress. Most experts agree that long term use of medication to relieve stress is counterproductive. Some healthy and time-honored methods recommended for balancing stress include recreation and hobbies, fresh air, exercise and recieving relaxing therapeutic massage on a regular basis. The healing systems of many cultures including our own, use hands-on therapy to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body's own healing powers. It enhances general health. Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health maintenance or wellness plan. It helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally.
Alleviates Problem Conditions:
Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain common physical problems, and help bring the body back to optimal functioning.
Support Your Fitness or Sports Program:
Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve your performance goals with minimum injury and pain.
Combats the Negative Effects of Aging:
Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.
Relieves the effects of stress:
Therapeutic massage helps balance the effects of stress in our lives, and avoid stress related disease and dysfunction.
Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term situations which cause unique physical and mental challenges.
Complements other Health Care:
Therapeutic massage is frequently used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of health care.
Massage is especially beneficial for...
Care-givers---for those who care for others, for example: mothers and fathers, teachers, recreation leaders, daycare workers, nurses, and health care workers of all kinds.
Physical workers---for those who stress their bodies in their work or trade, for example, construction workers, domestic and custodial personnel, truck drivers, postal workers, plumbers, electricians, painters, professional athletes, dancers, and musicians, doctors, dentists...etc.
The Importance of Yoga Poses:
Yoga poses have been developed over centuries of research and experience. They have been found to be extremely effective in:
Increasing flexibility of the body and freeing all the energy blocks. Besides increasing flexibility, this leads to a healthier body.
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