Most of our daily activities and routines cause us to get behind the wheel, to get us from one place to another. Some people have jobs that even require them to be in the car for most of the day. Driving has become a big part of our lives, and we keep going with the flow. The unfortunate news about driving, however, is that it can put strain on our back and start to cause backpain. When we sit down in a car, we overtax our lumbar spine, which can refer pain and discomfort in other places of the body. Our back muscles are pulled and put into a constant position that cannot be supported while we drive. And though, we all try to maintain perfect posture, it gets harder as we get older and it’s a challenge to keep your head high in a moving vehicle. On top of that, the vibration of our vehicle impacts our whole body, causing frequencies that put more pressure on our back. When we experience whole-body vibrations, other conditions may protude, such as, sciatica and lower back pain. And with our feet on the pedals, they are not able to support nor stablize our lower body. As a result, we are straining our entire backside when we sit in a car, and that pain can start to run down our leg. To go further, we also have to keep our hands on the wheel, which creates a whole other issue.
In a typical day, most people will drive, get on their phone, work at a computer or write some notes down on paper. We go with the flow to keep it going, but we don’t always do it with intention and keep our head up. This constant motion and position that we use to handle what is in front of us is, really, pulling our shoulders forward. Our shoulders need to support our arms and hands, so subconsiously, they lean into the movement. And overtime, our body will try to adjust to that position, pulling our neck forward and causing a hunchback. The pectoralis major is attached to the clavicle and it becomes shortened as the shoulders are pulled in the front. And when the pec major is shortened, in this case, muscles of the scapula are being lengthened, also affecting the levator scapulae. So with our everyday tasks, we have put quite some pressure on our body.
How can massage make driving easier and the body feel better?
We put different types of stresses on our body every single day. Some may be the stress of work, and a lot will be when we ask our body to keep up. Really though, this is awesome and it’s a great thing that we keep the good times rollin’. Keep the body feeling awesome, too, and take care of it. Start your morning with some light stretching, get your blood flowing and joints moving. Also, walk as much as possible, take a break from the desk when you can, and smooth out aches and pains with massage. Our body was designed to climb a mountain top. Every move we make, however, does move through our body and that’s when we build up knots and make muscles tight. The best way to work out these knots and get the muscles feeling good is by caring for them. We can care for our muscles by stretching them out, strengthening them and manipulating the soft tissue, which is massage. Massage improves the muscle fibers and helps to repair the fascia, the covering of our muscles that gets tighter as we work harder. Massage helps to smooth out the muscle fibers and get blood and nutrients flowing. With proper circulation and nutrients, our muscles are able to recover and revive and start feeling great again. Our body does so much for us. The least we can do is take the best care of it.
The body needs proper circulation to stay healthy and efficient. Proper circulation allows veins and arteries to provide the body with oxygen and nutrients to keep it running smoothly. We are able to keep our circulation flowing by our daily habits, lifestyle and food intake, which influences our health so greatly. How we move throughout our day and how much we move can impact the flow of blood in our body. It is important to keep our body moving and blood flowing, because that is what keeps us going. However, the body does need to rest even while it keeps working. That is why it is so important to care for our body and keep the body fueled with the right stuff.
“Take care of your body because it is the only place you have to live,” is one of my favorite quotes by Jim Rohn. It is a simple truth and reminder that the better we treat our body, the better it will feel. We want to feel good throughout the day, so how do we do it? First, start off by choosing a baggie full of walnuts instead of chips for a snack. Make a mindful attempt to cut out added sugars, unhealthy fats, sodas and processed foods from your diet, and fuel your body with leafy greens, lots of fiber and more water. In addition to a healthy diet, take a few minutes each day to stretch and show your muscles some love. Not only will this soothe your muscles, but it will help you be in tune with your body and notice any tightness that may be holding you back. Always remember to keep your body moving and heart pumping, even if it’s by a stroll to the mailbox or dancing in the kitchen. You will do the most good for your body and it’s blood circulation if you are active throughout the day, care for your muscles and fuel your body with the right stuff.
How does massage help circulation?
Massage promotes blood flow to the muscles, providing them with the oxygen and vitamins they need to heal and feel awesome. There are many different kinds of massage that will help to get the blood moving, such as, friction and kneading. Massage benefits circulation so much, even the direction of massage stroke can improve blood flow and help the heart. For example, a study done at the University of Illinois at Chicago was performed on two different groups, a group that worked out with no massage and a group that received massage after their workout. Both groups had soreness after their workout. But the group who receieved massage felt in top shape after 90 minutes of working out, while the exercise-only group was still sore the next day. The study was able to show that the Brachial Artery Flow Mediated Dilation (FMD), a measure of vascular health, improved blood flow at all time points with massage, thus, making the body feel better (www.sciencedaily.com). Massage is great for the body and it benefits circulation, and most every function of the body.
University of Illinois at Chicago. “Massage therapy improves circulation, alleviates muscle soreness.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 April 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140416125434.htm
Get Back on Track with Massage
We tend to put more stress on our body during the Christmas time and end of the year. It’s a common tradition to make healthy choices a part of your new year. In addition to eating right, we try to get into a workout routine and staying active. There is no doubt that these changes are awesome, but again, the extra activity will but stress on our body that it’s not used to. When we come up with a self-care routine, it’s a good idea to include caring for your body. While we keep up with cardio and strength training, we need to care for our muscles and our holistic health. Massage Therapy will help smooth out the muscles and allow better movement. Smooth muscles will help us move through the day with ease, and they will help us sleep better at night. Our body moves better when it isn’t constricted by tight muscles. We can benefit our body so much when we stretch often, take hot baths and add massage to our self-care routine.
Massage Therapy is the best thing we can do for our body. Massage is extremely relaxing and, also, greatly beneficial to our body. Every system of our body is improved with massage, and, that is just what our body needs! We can spend time making sure we eat well and get enough exercise. But as our body ages, it takes more than vitamins to keep our body running smooth and feeling great. Keeping a healthy immune system is the key to great health, and massage helps to boost your immunity. Including massage therapy into your self-care routine is a sure way to look and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
As Christmas approaches, we start to put a little more stress on our body, making our body more susceptible to illness. However, a massage will increase your endorphins, serotonin and dopamine levels, thus, helping you feel happy and relaxed. And more relaxation is perfect for the holidays. It is also important to keep your immune system health, and massage is the trick. Receiving regular massage helps to flush out the toxins our body likes to hold onto. This increases blood flow and circulation and helps everything run smooth. As an extra benefit, massage increases white blood cell activity, and that helps our body to fight diseases and cortisol reduction. There are so many ways we can protect our body, and we need to, so we can stay busy and feel awesome.
We need to care for our body, as we expect it to keep going. Fall in love with taking care of yourself and start feeling your best.
One of the most common questions asked by clients is: How often should I get a massage? Since massage improves our health and helps every system in our body, it should be a part of our self-care routine. Our self-care routine is what contributes to our health and how we feel each day. Every day, we put so much stress on our body, and it gets us through so much. We can get through our tasks, but sometimes, our body will feel it and ask us to slow down. Massage is, not only relaxing, but it helps our holistic health and benefits every system in our body. To get the full benefits, regular massage is recommended, at least, every other week. Regular massage will ease tension and soreness by smoothing out each muscle fiber. With every massage, our muscles are rejuvenated, and tension is relieved. And just as we do with our exercise regime, it’s important to keep up with massage to maintain it’s benefits. Massage is the tune-up our body needs to keep feeling and looking good.
Our daily activities require us to bend over, ride in the car, pick up our babies, and keep up with them, too. When we take an active role in making our body feel better, we benefit our holistic health, and our well-being improves. The best way to feel great is to take care of our body and smooth out all the tension. Our muscles work hard to keep us moving, and they work better when the muscle fibers are smooth. Massage works on the muscles to allow easy movement and support. The older we get, the more love and attention our body needs. Massage Therapy is a wonderful way to care for our body.
Get Better Sleep!
One of the best feelings in the world is when you rest your head at night, and don’t wake up until the alarm goes off. Better yet, if there is no alarm. That’s not always the case, so make sure you get the best rest that you can!
Have you ever woke up and felt like you totally slept wrong? Your neck has a crick in it, the shoulder you always sleep on is starting to feel it; our body feels everything we do. Our body gets us through the day, and we can put so much stress on it. The good news, however, is we are intended to keep our body moving, and feel good while doing it. We need to stay active, just to keep healthy. And we need to keep up with our kids, have strength at work and the energy and charisma to get a workout in, sometime during the day. Most importantly, on top of our body feeling good, we need to have rest. Though, for a working mom or dad, keeping up with the kids, cleaning the house, maintaining a regime and enough sleep, almost seems impossible. And the even better news is that the easiest, and most effective way, to keep our body feeling good and improve sleeping is to, simply, stretch. We put endless amounts of stress on our body, and the trick is to care for your muscles, in return.
When we sleep, and wake up feeling sore, it is because our muscles have been strained and, possible, overworked. This is a good thing because it means we got through the day, we were able to rock it! But how do we avoid this tension and aches in the morning? Love your muscles! Our muscles are made of so many muscle fibers, that work better when they are smoothed out. For example, a sore muscle is our fists clasped together, while they are meant to look like a full-open hand, one finger on top of another. It makes sense, with what we put our body through, sometimes. But when you stretch, you help to loosen your muscles, as well as, improve your flexibility. When you stretch to start the day or right before bed, you help to smooth out those muscle fibers. The muscles that you rest your head on, or your favorite side position, will be able to better support you. They will have more flexibility, be more limber and able to move when you move. When we allow our muscles to move, they will feel so much better!
Every night’s sleep should be restful and peaceful. It’s when we recharge and let our mind and body get some peace. That is just what we need to best get through the day, and we might as well make it count. Help smooth out and stretch your muscles to feel your best when you sleep, and get a massage when you want your body to feel it’s best. The better we take care of our body, the better it will feel, inside and out. “Love the body that you’re in. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn
Massage therapy benefits our holistic health. The many benefits of massage therapy help to improve our mental and physical well-being, and boost our immune system. By increasing blood flow, easing inflammation and reducing muscle tightness, massage can reduce pain and relieve tension. A regular massage is the best care we can give our body.
The better we take care of our body, the better we will feel. It’s important to keep your body healthy but, of course, there are factors we can’t control. We can’t control the work deadline, the traffic jam in the morning or everything that adds stress to our lives. But we can choose how we react to it, and how we let it affect us. Massage is the best way to help us deal with stress and help our body to stay cool and calm. When we feel good, it shows.
Massage Over Stress:
- Lowers your heart rate
- Elevates blood pressure
- Reduces headaches
- Helps digestive problems
- Improves sleep
- Boosts Immune System
There is no doubt that massage is so good for our body. We put so much wear and tear on our body, and we deal with outside factors that cause stress. Massage helps to ease everything out and makes you feel awesome. You will get through the day feeling better, and it will show.
What is Self-Care?
Driving to work, sitting at a desk, running errands and keeping up with the speed of life. We stay on the “go” until our tasks are complete and hope that our body can keep up. And if you have kids, that is a whole other strength and energy that we need every day! Whatever the test of strength, it’s important that we practice self-care to maintain our health. Oxford dictionary defines self-care as, “The practice of taking an active role in practicing one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” Naturally, you could describe this as having the strength, energy and charisma to get through the day feeling your best. I absolutely believe that the best way to keep up with a healthy body is through fitness. Build strength and endurance through lifting, resistance training and cardiovascular fitness. And help your muscles grow and recover effectively with regular massage and providing your body with the right nutrients. The best way we can take care of our body is all natural. Our body is made up of many different parts that work together. Take the best care of your body by keeping it moving and giving it healthy ingredients! Getting into the habit of loving your well-being is so much fun! It can be a switch, for sure, but a habit that you will easily and happily get into.
Massage and fitness go together so perfect! Fitness builds and tones our body while massage does the maintenance and ensures the best benefit! In a nutshell, this is how massage and fitness work together:
1. Recovery is enhanced
Massage loosens up the muscles and helps them to recover. Pliability is restored.
2. Sore muscles aren’t as uncomfortable
Massaging and stretching the muscles can help work out the knots, and get the blood flowing again. Inflammation is reduced and the cells recover faster.
3. Muscles work better and move better
Regular exercise puts a strain on your muscles, ligaments and tendons, all worked on during a massage. A good sports massage focuses on the fascia, connective fibers under the skin that help muscles move smoothly and efficiently when they’re in good shape.
4. Helps with flexibility
Muscles get stiff with age. Massage helps loosen muscles and restore flexibility by stretching and lengthening.
5. Massage helps you feel better, both, physically and mentally
Happy endorphins are released from working out and it’s a cortisol reducer as well, relieving stress.
Exercise with proper muscle maintenance provides the best fitness regime!