Parker County Today December 2017 - Page 58

Give Your Loved One a Chance To De-stress? Looking for the ‘The Perfect Holiday Gift’? Why not give the Gift of Total Body Care With Massage Envy? After a massage, the mind is clear and body is relaxed. Holidays can be a stressful time for most of us. An occasional massage leaves you feel- ing great, but a regular massage can do so much more. The work your therapist does in each session builds on itself, helping your body maintain its relaxed state and your muscles to remain loose even during times of physical and mental stress. Even a single massage session has been shown to significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels - all of which help reduce daily stress.  Let’s Force the Issue...of Relaxation Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and- recovery mode - an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.  Sit Up and Take Notice...Of Your Posture Massage helps reinforce healthy 56 and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track.  Breathe In. Breathe Deeply. Massage can play an important role in relieving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.  Serotonin and dopamine are released through massage, and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual...stress much easier to overcome. Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage helps get to the root of persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles. Keep it Flowing The pressure created by massage therapy helps move blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in and old blood to flow out, resulting in improved body function. Improve Flexibility Massage & Stretch helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury. Massage Envy’s new Total Body Stretch can be added before or after your Massage. Spring Back from Injury Rehabilitating any injury can be a frustrating process. Massage can aid in rehabilitation by increasing flex- ibility and strength. Get Rid of the Headache of Headaches 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage can help ease the pressure and pain, which may also reduce the chance and frequency of headaches.  Stay Healthier, Longer Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity– the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”.  Recovery and Rehabilitation Massage can help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.