Here's the beauty of bodywork - Its benefits compound when utilized as a frequent and consistent therapy. In short, the more you get, the more it does. Perhaps you could call it a paradox -the more regularly you receive bodywork, the more far-reaching and long-lasting the effects.
My longtime clients understand that budgeting time and money for regularly scheduled self care is truly an investment in their (and everyone's) most valuable resource, our HEALTH. My clients know massage plays a huge part in how healthy they will be and how youthful they remain with each passing year.
Just because a great massage feels like a yummy pampering treat doesn't mean that it is any less therapeutic. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of professional touch - ranging from treating chronic diseases (like TMD, IBS, and chronic pain), neurological disorders (like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and ALS) and injuries, to alleviation the stress of modern life. Consequently the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is now established as an integral part of hospice care (check for an upcoming blog on my hospice experience) and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on site massage practitioners to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related. Nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high levels of unrelenting stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure in this fast-pacing world may be unrealistic, massage can provide a welcome break and help you manage your tension. This translates into:
Marian Wolfe Dixon
MA, LMT (OR #3902)
NCTMB Approved Provider
Continuing Education for Massage Therapists, CHt, TCMBB.