Saturday, September 1, 2007

Massage For Good Sleep

Studies have related massage therapy with a host of benefits. It is including enhanced mother-infant interaction for depressed mothers, infant relaxation and decreased crying for colicky infants. It may help newborns develop a more regular sleep cycle as well, which may mean more hours of uninterrupted sleep for mothers.

Why get a massage?

Massage therapy provides relief to people from all prospect of life. The weekend athlete, the home gardener, the over stressed executive, secretaries, waitresses, laborers, virtually anyone can feel a need for massage therapy sooner or later.

Massage reduces effect of stress

Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, physical and emotional exhaustion too.
Massage therapy has an amazing effect on the body's nervous system. When massage therapy activates the body's parasympathetic nervous system, it counteracts in body's negative response to stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing heart rate, blood pressure and circulation to return to normal. Massage therapy also helps to become more aware of the body and the person's unconsciously held tension. As the person become more aware of the body, one will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that the person can consciously release it before it can have a negative effect on the body.

Massage strengthen the immune system

Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and its vital nutrients, but also increases the circulation of lymph in lymphatic system thus helping body to fight off infection and speeding recovery from injuries and illness. It increases the resistance power in the body and promotes sleep. Sleep is important because it enhances Ojas that is considered to be the master coordinator between mind, body and the inner self. Ojas is the finest product of digestion, the main life-supporting force within the body. It acts like a shock absorber, helping to insulate the mind from day-to-day stress and enhancing the body's innate immune systems. A good night's sleep cannot only help to stay alert, bright and focused the next day but also it can also keep one healthy in the long run.