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Coronavirus Update: Should I get a massage?

Need a good immune system booster that will give you the edge in fending off the flu and coronavirus? Massages are much more helpful in preventing you from getting sick than gargling vinegar or buying toilet paper.


Protect your body

White bloods cells help your body ward off infection.

Studies have shown that persons who have received massage therapy have more lymphocytes in their blood than before the massage. Lymphocytes are a subtype of white blood cells consisting of T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells.

These T and B cells identify and eliminate bacteria and viruses which plague humans and are our number one predators in the modern age. Natural killer cells are our bodies’ first line of defense against infections and tumors. (Read more about Lymphocytes on Wikipedia) This means that you stand less at risk of getting sick and will be prone to recover faster if your immune cells are healthy.

The benefits of massage, reduced stress and increased white blood cells, could together help your body fend off any potential attacks to its immune system. 

Decrease stress

Massages can help you become happier.
Massages have been shown to decrease depression and increase happiness.

This wave of coronavirus sickness sweeping our planet is definitely causing a lot of stress and worry among everyone. How long will the economy be affected? What will happen to our jobs? When will things get back to normal?

Experts say that increased and unmanaged stress puts your immune system at risk. Stress is the leading cause of depression and increases heart attack risk, neither of which you need right now.

The physical effects of a massage upon a stressful individual are vast and diverse. The perks include such things as:

  • Decreasing blood pressure to healthy levels.
  • Removing harmful toxins from your muscles and tissue.
  • Improving and tightening skin tone.
  • Increased energy levels and focus.
  • Better and deeper rest at night.

An Important Note to Take

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  • One-on-one contact such as massage poses minimal risk and exposure.
  • Besides the normal surgeon-scrub up-to-the-elbows wash before and after each appointment, I also use sanitized wipes on all surfaces and doorknobs between every client.
  • Hand sanitizer is used after touching the feet and hands and is freely available for use by clients after or during the session.

You should not get a massage if you are sick. Practice social distancing while under the weather and take time to get better. A massage helps your body PREVENT sickness not help your FIGHT sickness. If you become sick before a scheduled massage, I highly recommend contacting me to reschedule for when you are feeling well.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Meditation: The Trail to Inner Peace.

For over several thousand years, religions have practiced the art of meditation in seeking to reach inner peace. This seemingly lofty and fanciful goal is not as unattainable as many people make it out to be.


Aspects of effective meditation

Find your special way to meditate.

Meditation is a way for you to calm your body and in turn, calm your mind. Seat yourself comfortably in a quiet environment, whether that is your special place in a local park or a place in your home where you can remain undisturbed, find a spot that is removed from the day to day distractions your generally face.

Focus yourself on your breath, keep it relaxed and slow. Pay attention to each element of your breath; your lungs filling with air, your chest compressing to exhale, etc. While you are focused on breathing you will find that outside thoughts will creep into your mind when they do merely observe that your mind has gone to that place and bring your self back to your breathing. Try visualizing yourself from outside your body, see yourself as calm and at peace.

Pointers for those starting out

Doing yoga is an effective way to meditate.

Your level of energy when you choose to meditate is very important, you should wait at least two hours after eating a meal or consuming caffeine; I recommend you meditate in the mornings and before you go to bed. Before you meditate it is recommended that you prepare the area, for example: changing your phone to airplane mode or, if needed shutting a door or window.

When you start out you may just treat this time as breathing practice, but as you gain experience you might find your self able to meditate during yoga (which is a great form of exercise).

The benefits of meditation

Meditation can help you find your way in trying times.

Meditation is a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety, the regulation in your breathing helps slow your heart rate to a resting pace which has been linked to lessening the compounds in the brain that are caused by anxiety that lead to stress.

There have been links made from meditation to increased emotional awareness, self-esteem and self-image. Studies have shown that meditation even helps you sleep better!

Summary

Meditation is a wonderful tool to calm yourself and will enrich your life when added to your schedule, I cannot endorse meditation enough, it is the ultimate key to living a calm and peaceful life!


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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The Truth of Stretching

One of the most overlooked aspects of exercise is stretching. A before workout stretch is paramount to help avoid injuries, improve your flexibility and increase your range of joint motion. There are dozens of scientific studies backing evidence of the long-term and short-term benefits of stretching.


The Importance of Stretching

Remember to stretch before a run!
Remember to stretch before a run!

Habitual stretching keeps your muscles limber and your body healthy, not staying up with your stretching will cause your muscles to retract and tighten. A majority of jobs require you to remain sedentary for your entire workday, which without proper stretching during breaks will cause back, neck, and leg problems. Not stretching before a workout can lead to injury from pulling or straining a muscle, while also leaving muscles tight and putting you at risk of extreme joint pain.

The Benefits of Stretching

Yoga is a great way to stretch!
Yoga is a great way to stretch!

As noted above a good stretching of the body helps prevent exercise and work-related injuries, but those are only some of the benefits that can be procured by regular and consistently compounding stretches. This is due to the increase in blood flow that stretching provides your body, helps you be more flexible and can even boosting your stamina improving your overall performance. Stretching during your breaks is a good idea too, as it increases your energy level and I personally find that it helps me get back on track to attack work-related issues with renewed vigor.

A balanced stretching supports improving your posture. Poor posture has been directly linked to low self-esteem issues, depression and chronic stress, all of which are forms of mental tension. When paired with breath regulating light exercise, such as yoga, experts say that observed mental tension levels plummet!

Stretching Tips:

  • Don’t push yourself too hard. It isn’t a contest, know your limits.
  • If you have physical injuries you should consult your physician on what stretches are good for you.
  • Don’t bounce when stretching, unless your physician or physical therapist recommends it.
  • Stretching after a workout is good for you too!
  • Remember to balance your stretching, match what you do on the right to the left.

Summary

Taking the time for a correctly executed stretching routine does wonder for the body. Take five to ten minutes every three hours to do a quick stretch, keep your muscles from tensing up and reduce stress. Trust me: the truth of stretching is no stretching of the truth.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.