The Benefits of Relaxation through
Massage Therapy or Yoga Practice
Research shows that both therapeutic massage and Yoga-practice create a relaxation response which enhances the way your immune system works. When your body is stressed, it creates stress hormones which have an irritating effect on the immune system. The immune system will automatically mobilize to fight the chronic irritation caused by these elevated stress hormone levels; this weakens you body's overall ability to fight disease. When your body is more relaxed, you have lower levels of stress hormones and your immune system doesn't have to put so much energy into fighting that irritation. Both therapeutic massage and Yoga practice can increase chemicals in the brain that create feelings of well-being, and reduce the production of stress hormones.This lightens the workload on the immune system, freeing it to deal more efficiently and rapidly with factors outside yourself (bacteria or viruses you might come into contact with, for example) that might cause your body to break down or get sick.
In addition, both therapeutic massage and Yoga-practice:
Increase circulation in the muscles
Give you greater ease of motion
Diminish chronic pain
Help balance your nervous system
Increase your ability to concentrate
Make you feel GREAT!
Nurture... Massage and Yoga
Marianna Maver, M.A.T., LMT, RYT-200
246 S. River Avenue, Suite 41
Holland, MI 49423
(mobile #) 269-857-4170