Massage can reduce stress, increase production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), improve blood circulation, reduce blood pressure, and slow heart rate—all benefits that can contribute to heart health.
Massage therapy on a regular basis can reduce occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias, which cause the heart to pump less efficiently, and can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Massage can ease heart strain by improving circulation toward the heart while relaxing contracted muscles.
Massage improves circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients in the body by strengthening circulation. The massage practitioner’s manipulation of skin, tendons and muscles, the body’s soft tissues, can have a calming effect on nerves and can reduce stress. Postsurgical massage can aid in reducing pain and muscle spasms.
Massage heart health benefits:
• Reduces hypertension.
• Manages depression and insomnia.
• Enhances relaxation.
• Treats anxiety.
A massage once or twice a week can aid in long-term health maintenance. Some of the immediate physical benefits of massage are regulation of the automatic nervous system activity and stimulation of the lymphatic and hormonal systems, which can contribute to heart health.
Register now for summer Massage Therapy program classes offered at Acupuncture & Massage College. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and State Law classes begin July 26. Enrollment in the Massage Therapy program is on a monthly basis.
For information about the Massage Therapy program call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500.