Better self-care is a resolution that most people make each new year. We’re all increasingly aware that stress reduction and relaxation are critical to our health. ‘Our bodies break down under the onslaught of stress—insomnia, anxiety, depression, and all chronic disease is made worse by unremitting stress,’ says Dr. Mark Hyman, physician and wellness advocate. Especially as the pandemic and its uncertainties continue, it’s important that we find ways to calm the fight-flight-freeze response that’s activated when we don’t feel safe, and to support the parasympathetic nervous system’s rest and repair mode, for stronger immunity, healing capabilities, and overall health.
Nurturing touch, relaxing body and mind, rest and deep sleep, a healthful diet, being in nature, exercise and movement, unfocused time and play, strong social connections ~ are all essential to staying well and thriving. We encourage you to think about how to incorporate more of these into your life as you make self-care plans for this year.
The many benefits of therapeutic massage are now being researched and recognized by the medical community, and massage has become a significant component of a healthy lifestyle for many people. Expert massage at Massage Therapy Center will encourage all your body systems to deeply relax—reducing tension, anxiety, and moving you into a parasympathetic state, where healing happens. It will improve blood circulation that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells and removes stress-related chemicals, as well as increase lymphatic flow to support a strong immune response. Make regular massage an essential part of your self-care to reduce the damaging effects of stress and support your health and well-being in 2022!
All of us at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto wish you a Healthy, Happy New Year!