The Many Benefits of Healing Massage - September 2018

by Sharon Strang

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Sharon Strang

Massage benefits every system of your body besides your muscular system:  your skeletal system,  nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, urinary system, skin, and even your psychological system.   It helps to balance your body, mind, spirit, & emotions.
I have been doing healing massage professionally for over 25 years.  I also have continued to teach massage courses since teaching is how I actually began.   And each time I teach a class, I love to be reminded of the many, many benefits that massage offers.  Most people go for a massage to relax and release stress.  Did you know that all dis-ease is caused by stress?  A certain amount of stress is actually good for you, but too much stress causes your entire system to go out of balance.  .  To explain it simply, massage helps your entire Self to relax & get back into balance. The circulatory system is then able to get into the stressed areas and bring the nutrition and oxygen to promote healing.
First of all, I want to remind you that our body, mind, spirit and emotions are connected and effect one another.  So if your life is full of drama, then all parts of your system take it on.  When you receive a massage, not only the techniques help to release the tension, but more importantly, the nurturing touch of another human being brings comfort, and adds another dimension to your healing massage.  
Touch is inherent in us all.  In fact, cutting-edge research has discovered the ways everyday forms of touch can bring us emotional balance and better health.  In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch, suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health, as well as a primary language of compassion and a primary means for spreading compassion.  Research done by neuroscientist Edmund Rolls proved that touch activates the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex, which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion.”               
“There are also studies showing that touch signals safety and trust, it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response, and a simple touch can trigger release of oxytocin, aka “the love hormone.”  says Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley.   
“To touch can be to give life,” said Michelangelo.

There have been numerous studies to show that the proper uses of touch  truly have the potential to transform the practice of medicine, as well as being cost effective.  Do you receive regular massages?  If not, try one sometime soon.  You will have a choice of healing massage professionals or registered massage therapists.  In my opinion, a quality massage is not the type of training that one receives but more an attitude & belief system that they combine with their training.  Ask friends to refer someone who does great massages.  You will not regret it!

 

BIO:SHARON STRANG, the instructor, has been a personal growth consultant & massage worker for the past 25 years. She was certified as a Master Breath Practitioner in 1996, has also been trained in Healing Touch, and has completed The Instructor Diploma Program through Vancouver Community College in 2011. From 2008-2017, she was an instructor in Continuing Education at Okanagan College; she has previously owned and operated The Wellness Spa in Kelowna, B.C. for almost 14 years. Her intuitive nurturing touch has supported many people and has grown into a thriving business. Her desire to support others has led her to teach what she has learned.  www.focusbodywork.net

 



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