Friday, June 21, 2013

Stress Relief: Swedish Massage

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Our lives leave us stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted!  This stress leads to a myriad health problems. Exercise will help chase the stress away.  Another way?  Massage. 

The Swedish massage with it's long strokes and kneading motions is a wonderful, comforting stress reducing massage. This type of massage is popular in spas and salons.  It will lift your mind, body and spirit! 

Here are some of the benefits of massage.

The manipulation of the skin and muscles promotes relaxation, well being and stress reduction.

  
The level of the stress hormone cortisol drops during a massage.
  
Endorphins, the brain chemicals that are our natural pain relievers and stress reducers, increase.

Circulation is increased providing increased oxygen to the tissues of the body and better elimination of toxins.

  
Muscle tension is relieved. 
 
A study done at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center showed that a 45 minute Swedish massage significantly boosted levels NK cells and T lymphocytes, which are virus fighters, in the blood.

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