Weekly Massage and Hypertension in Women

To complement the Research Reports in the September 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Massage therapists provided one-hour weekly Swedish massage therapy sessions to a group of hypertensive women, while a control group of hypertensive women spent one hour per week resting, receiving no massage therapy. Both groups experienced significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and inflammatory marker VCAM-1; but the massage group experienced a significant reduction in heart rate after each session, as well as blood pressure reduction over a longer term than the control group. Women in Malaysia with hypertension experienced a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure and inflammatory marker VCAM-1 after receiving Swedish massage therapy once a week for four weeks.

Massage and Anxiety

Swedish Massage Decreases Vital Signs Associated with Anxiety December 13, 2016MASSAGE MagazineIssue 247Research Published in 20162 minute read Two different Swedish massage protocols both resulted in significant decreases in markers of anxiety among a group of healthy women, according to recent research. The study, “Comparing the effects of two Swedish massage techniques on the vital signs and … Continue reading Massage and Anxiety

Benefits of Massage

From (ABMP) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can: Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.Ease medication dependence.Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.Exercise and stretch weak, … Continue reading Benefits of Massage

Improve Your Mood with Massage

One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change Massage therapy shown to improve mood and elevate energy levels People looking to fend off the winter blues may find relief by integrating massage therapy into their health maintenance routine. Shorter days and colder temperatures leave many Americans feeling depressed and lethargic, yet studies show that … Continue reading Improve Your Mood with Massage

Poetic Reflection

Loosing Silence, an Inquiry The way of the Warrior: Excerpted from the book The Four-Fold Way (by Angeles Arrien)."Many indigenous peoples believe that wherever in our lives we stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted with stories, or began experiencing difficulty with silence is where we began to experience soul loss or loss of spirit. Where in … Continue reading Poetic Reflection