Heart Health, Massage & Nutrition

02
Feb
2015

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As February is National Heart Month, let us focus on our cardiovascular health. Because the heart is a muscle, a balanced cardiovascular exercise program is of utmost importance – find something you enjoy doing, and have fun with your exercise! Besides strengthening your heart, exercise will increase your circulation to those cold fingers and toes!

Massage is also very beneficial to the heart and circulatory system. Eighty percent of disease is stress-related, and massage reduces stress (Sandra McLanahan, M.D.). Studies from the Touch Research Institute have shown that stress hormones consistently fall after massage, no matter what the age of the client.

Besides reducing the stress response, massage can improve circulation, and stimulate the elimination of metabolic toxins that build up in body tissues (Tired of Being Tired, Dr. Michael A. Schmidt). Scientists are now finding that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, dampen harmful stress hormones and raise mood-elevating brain chemicals such as serotonin (“The Magic of Touch”, Newsweek).