Heart disease, or coronary heart disease, describes a vast range of conditions which results in disorders of the blood vessels of the heart, which can ultimately result in a heart attack due to blocked arteries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. This number can easily be altered with a few changes to your diet, increasing your daily exercise, and through effective stress management techniques.
It is a well-known fact that a massage calms the body and mind through muscular tension release and relaxation. Obtaining regularly scheduled massages encourages the body to release its hold on the “Fight or Flight” syndrome, allowing the body to restore itself and heal. By lowering stress levels through physical and psychological release, massage therapy can decrease heart rate and blood pressure.
Anxiety and stress raise the stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) in the body. These hormones negatively affect breathing and heart rates, thus increasing blood pressure. By relaxing the muscles of both body and brain, sleep quality improves, allowing the body to recover more efficiently and quickly. This recovery encourages the stress hormone levels to be restored to a normal level. By giving the parasympathetic nervous system a chance to recover, the heart and breathing rates decrease, muscles relax, and blood flows more efficiently. This reaction allows both the lungs and the heart to calm themselves and encourages the body to work in a much more efficient manner. Massage therapy inspires the body to release its hold on the “Fight or Flight” syndrome, allowing the body to restore and heal.
Various massage techniques release endorphins and improve circulation. Endorphins act as natural pain relievers, enhancing the overall feeling of comfort and tranquility. Massages have been proven to significantly reduce pain levels of conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, thus relieving the strain which pain places on the heart.
Massage therapy has been shown to significantly contribute to heart health, as well as relaxation and overall happiness. While some heart conditions can’t be avoided, many conditions can be improved by lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. By including massage therapy as part of your staff’s regular regime, you will not only feel better, but your overall health will improve as well which leads to increased productivity and happy employees.
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