Massage is one of those healthful practices that most would not argue with should the doctor prescribe it. If only . . . right? After all, it actually feels great! No deprivation, no self control needed, no sweating required, no needles, no shopping for unusual ingredients. Just lay back, close your eyes and wait for all the pent up tension and aches and pains to melt away.
The Wonders of Massage
- reduces blood pressure
- boosts neurotransmitters
- improves sleep
- boosts immunity
- helps manage depression, anxiety and stress
- increases blood flow
- encourage lymphatic drainage
- reduces cortisol levels
- alleviates migraine headaches, back pain, fatigue
Massage and Then SomeRecently, I learned of another practice closely related to massage - zero balancing. You could call it a cross between physical body function improvement (massage and chiropractic) and energy enhancing function improvement (acupuncture and Reiki). These specialized practitioners pull from both modalities creating a balanced body using both types of methods. This can result in all levels of the patient to be engaged with both energy and physical function improvment. Sounds like a lot for one hour! I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about this, so here are some other facts I have found on the topic:
- It is conducted fully clothed.
- It is a gentle procedure emphasizing safety - no forcing.
- Feels great – respectful “interface” touch. Boundaries are highly regarded of both practitioner and client.
- Focuses on foundation joints which has more to do with transmission rather then movement. Imbalances are resolved in the body by focusing on foundation joints.
- Much like in acupuncture, energy blocks are cleared which allows energy to flow in stronger ways.
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