MASSAGE TO PROMOTE BETTER SLEEP!
It's time to change our clocks again and for a lot of people that means sleeping problems. Why not get a massage to help regulate our internal clocks?
The International Journal of Neuroscience states: "Massage is an intelligent, healthy and substance free choice to help the scores of people that have insomnia." Because serotonin plays a role in sleep in multiple areas of the brain, it is logical to seek ways to increase serotonin levels for people that are sleep deprived. In addition, serotonin is needed for our bodies to produce melatonin. As melatonin influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythm, a natural way of boosting serotonin is a positive sleep inducing option. This connection calls for further research showing the direct affects massage therapy has on serotonin and sleep. In the meantime, the existing evidence is certainly enough to condone regular massages for sleepless clients.
At your next appointment, ask for a Lavender Garden AromaTherapy upgrade to enhance your relaxation. It is available with any massage treatment.
Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center shows that lavender aromatherapy may improve sleep quality, increase relaxation, and boost mood in people with sleep disorders.
MASSAGE DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
It's that time of year and we have some choices to help prevent colds and flu. Large amounts of Vitamin C? Buying anti-bacterial hand sanitizer in bulk? Get a massage!
Receiving a massage isn't just for relaxation, it is also one of the best ways to fight off the cold and flu. Stress can be managed by getting regular massage which in turn gives your immune system a boost. Relaxing as a massage can be, it can also release harmful toxins from your body and decreases your chances of getting sick. Massage raises immunity by stimulating lymph flow which is the body's natural defense system. Massage also helps you sleep better giving your body the chance to reset which is a critical component of good health.
Remember though, as a good as a massage can feel while you are sick, it is best to stay off the massage table during this time. Your body is already working hard to fight off the illness and massage can be taxing on your body during this time, potentially making your cold or flu worse. Being face down on the massage table while battling congestion can also be very uncomfortable. Also, if you are contagious, you may give your cold or flu to your favorite massage therapist, taking them out of commission for the next time you're ready for a massage (and we don't want that)!
So call today to schedule your massage and stay healthy during the cold and flu season.