Reduces oxidative stress by an average of 40%
STRESS IS SENT PACKING
Experts tell us that stress is a killer and that the majority of desease today is stress-related. Massage can wash that stress away, and with it, all the detrimental effects it carries. With massage, stress might never reach the physiologically dangerous levels where the immune system is suppressed or the nervous system is sent into an alarm state. A "relaxation" massage can be just as valuable to you as a more medically structured massage protocol meant to rehabilitate an injury.
Mark Rapaport, MD, with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has found that massage in even the smallest doses can change things, like increasing white blood cell counts for immunity building and decreasing harmful stress hormones. In studies he's conducted, he's found that biological changes can begin with a single massage sessioin. More frequent massage, however, not only improves your health, but can be life-changing, say's Anne Williams, director of education at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
"People regularly make a commitment to fitness. People regularly make a commitment to changing their diet. The difference they'd experience if they regularly made a commitment to massage is mind-blowing."