There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or “excess emotions” that will lead to illness. Therapeutic massage is helpful in calming the mind, reducing stress and focusing our mental powers over any situation. Doing relaxation techniques such as massage, yoga and meditation benefit lung function by affecting emotional processes, muscles, and breathing. Therapeutic massage is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body: musculoskeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today’s health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body’s functions, regaining this balance requires more of a holistic approach.
A recent study showed that children with asthma have improved pulmonary functions after massage therapy:
Thirty-two children with asthma (sixteen 4-8 year olds and sixteen 9-14 year olds) were randomly assigned to receive either massage therapy or relaxation therapy. The children’s parents were taught to provide one therapy or the other for 20 minutes before bedtime each night for 30 days. The younger children who received massage therapy showed an immediate decrease in behavioral anxiety and cortisol (a stress induced hormone) levels after massage. Also, their attitude toward asthma and their peak air flow and other pulmonary functions improved over the course of the study. The older children who received massage therapy reported lower anxiety after the massage. Their attitude toward asthma also improved over the study, but only one measure of pulmonary function (forced expiratory flow 25% to 75%) improved. The reason for the smaller therapeutic benefit in the older children is unknown; however, it appears that daily massage improves airway caliber and control of asthma.
Therapeutic Massage not only treats at the site of a symptom, but affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Broadway Wellness Massage and Therapy is a community, multidisciplinary healthcare clinic located in the Fairview area of beautiful Vancouver, BC. Over 10 years ago we began with a focus on Vancouver Registered Massage Therapy, and since have expanded to include Vancouver Naturopathic Medicine.