8 Ways Massages Can Help Your Overall Health

Read on to find out how massage therapy may help keep you healthy, from easing sore muscles to managing pain and more.
Provided by The American Massage Therapy Association

8 Ways Massages Can Help Your Overall Health

You already know that eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise are paramount to your health. But you might not know there are other ways to boost your overall well-being. One of the easy ways to help up your health factor is getting a massage. Read on to find out how massage therapy can help keep you healthy, from easing sore muscles to managing pain and more.

Provided by The American Massage Therapy Association


Reduce Stress


The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls on the body and mind. Massage therapy can help to relieve stress, which may help relieve associated conditions including tension headaches or high blood pressure when combined with medications.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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