Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So since February is American Heart Month, let’s explore the ways in which massage can protect and improve your cardiovascular health. A number of long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. And maintaining healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. By massaging and relaxing the muscles of the body we reduce stress, stimulate nerve endings, release endorphins and decrease the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart. In this way, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Getting a massage on a regular basis from a skilled practitioner, like myself, is the key to receiving cardiovascular benefits from massage. Keep in mind that the effects of massage are cumulative. If the goal of massage is health maintenance, a massage every week or two can help one feel better and reduce tension and stress levels.
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
2 slices of watermelon, cut into thirds or quarters
A small handful of basil, scrunched
Scrunch basil leaves so it releases the flavor.
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with water.
This water is best if you let the water infuse at least 1 hour or you can put some holes in the fruit with a fork for instant flavor.
Blue Skyes Massage & Wellness Center is not responsible or liable for trying to claim to treat individuals who come in out of our wellness center. These are only suggestions, so refer to your practitioner for additional further help.