February is American Heart month, so let’s explore the ways in which massage can protect and improve your heart health and help you recover from a stroke.
A number of long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. By massaging and relaxing the muscles of the body we reduce stress, stimulate nerve endings, release endorphins and decrease the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart. In this way, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
In addition to maintaining your heart health, massage can also help you recover from a stroke!
Getting a massage on a regular basis from a skilled massage therapist like myself, is the key to receiving cardiovascular and heart benefits from massage. Keep in mind that the effects of massage are cumulative. If the goal of massage is health maintenance, a massage every week or two can help you feel better and reduce tension and stress levels.