5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy for Taking Care of Yourself

Welcome Amy Hagerup, my guest blogger today!

Amy is a Facebook friend and knows how passionate I am about self-care so I asked her to share with us today.

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If you spend a lot of time working on your computer, you are putting strain on your neck and shoulders.  Out of necessity, your body might be leaning forward or your arms might be up a little higher than is natural for your body. Tension builds up as you concentrate on your work.

Since this scenario is true for me, I did my research.

Here are 5 of the many health benefits of massage therapy:

Getting a massage  . . .

1: Helps to pump oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and organs, improving circulation while reducing high blood pressure.

2: Relieves stress. Even one isolated massage can significantly lower your heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, and increase endorphins – which help to reduce accumulated stress.

3. Promotes joint flexibility. As you get older, joints tend to tighten up, restricting your range of motion. Massage helps to keep your joints fluid and less prone to injury.

4. Promotes deeper breathing. One of the sure signs of anxiety and stress is shallow, constricted breathing. Massage relieves respiratory issues and trains the body to relax.

Having learned some of the benefits of massage therapy, I decided to invest in one. So off to a massage therapist I went.

After filling out my medical information and signing the release, I prepared for the lovely massage. As my therapist, Lori, worked on my shoulders and back, she pushed on the knots in my back to get them to release. (Hey! I thought this was supposed to feel good!) She worked faithfully each month on muscles with the skill of a trained doctor, explaining things to me as she went along.

After about a year of monthly massages, Lori told me that I had improved so much in my posture that my Dowager’s hump was gone! It seems that she had been able to discern the beginnings of my back humping like you see in an elderly person, but faithful massage and exercising had reversed it!

That is the fifth health benefit: improved posture!

Yes, massages feel really, really good (except when she is trying to get a knot to release), but the best benefit is what it will do for improving your internal health – and you might even avoid a dowager’s hump!

Have you tried massage therapy yet? Feel free to comment here on the FanTABulous women Facebook page.

Thank you, Amy, for contributing to the FanTABulous Women community! I think I need to go book a massage now…

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Amy Hagerup is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others to grow in their faith, their health, and their marketing. A former missionary to Africa for 23 years, Amy teaches through her many stories to help bring change in her readers’ lives. Amy is married to her hero, has five children, three children-in-love, and 12 grandchildren.You can reach Amy at her blog AmyHagerup.com.

About Tabitha

I am the one woman show behind FanTABulous Women. God is #1 in my life. I am a wife of twelve years, mother of two sons, purveyor of pretty and agent of encouragement. I am also a writer, dreamer, blogger and go-getter. I am happiest when I'm "putting myself out there" and inspiring others to do the same--in their own unique way. To pick my brain or schedule a consultation, call or text (602) 349-1129 or email letmerephrasethat(at)gmail.com

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  1. Thanks for allowing me to guest post here, Tabitha. I hope many of your readers will see the benefits of massage therapy! Blessings, Amy

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