My philosophy of Good Health based on 27 plus years of research — is our bodies require a balance of Harmony & Flow. Harmony of what we think & what we feel. Harmony of what we think we deserve & what we want. Basically harmony within & without. Physical / Emotional. What goes in & what comes out. When flow is restricted whether it is of fluids, lymph, movement, chemicals, nutrients, or wastes – the system comes to a stop. Any dual function system when one of the functions has a disparity or discord then dis-ease results. Flow & harmony create a balance which results in homeostasis or good health. Certainly it is an over simplification of a complex system but it works. Massage moves blood & lymph. It can help restore the blockages that result in an imbalance in bodily functions or the environment of our body.
We all know we “should” exercise more if we want good health or eat better, etc… What you may not know is the guilt over NOT doing those things have been proven to have a negative affect on our bodies. That’s a future blog – not this one!
Starting regular exercise when we do it infrequently is a painful process. BUT exercise or movement is not something we can put off forever. Massage helps tremendously when we are NOT exercising. Massage helps us ease into exercise slowly, & done right without injuries to use as an excuse.
More research appears daily that even getting up and walking or standing every ten minutes has amazing benefits. Movement of any kind even undulation or micro-movements like in the Continuum work of Emily Conrad have worthwhile health benefits. The point is start small. Find something you like to do, as our options for movement are almost unlimited. Use massage to help you into it, help you through it, or to fill in the gaps when for some reason you must have a gap in your regular exercise. I am on this journey with you.
Every massage therapist tells you to drink lots of water when you have a massage for great reasons too. Material trapped in our bodies need to be removed. Water helps transport them. Lymph is our critical cleansing system which can only work through exercise or massage. When the the system is overworked, our liver drops what it is doing and helps process this material. Water and oxygen are essential both directly and indirectly. Out goes the old and in comes the new. If the old doesn’t go out we feel fatigue, lethargy, and sometimes even nausea. Massage can break it up
and move it part of the way but the lymph, liver, & kidneys have to do their part. Without the water its effectiveness is limited. Water is the difference between a good massage and a great massage but it is up to you to drink it. You feel better and the benefits seem to last longer when you hydrate before and especially after a massage.