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05-06-2012
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Kinesio Tape (K-T Tape) is light weight with adhesive backing. The tape has the ability to stretch when held by either end of the tape to apply on the.....
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Honor Your Body


Honor Your Body
Some people have a hard time even considering massage because they are so unh.....
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06-09-2009
Pain, Pain, go away: Strokes for Folks Therapeutic Massage has been relieving aches, pains for five years


Lynette M. Stauffer founded Strokes for Folks Therapeutic Massage, LLC in June 2004 in Rosemount. It was a landmark move for Stauffer, who worked with.....
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benefits of massage

benefits of massage

Remember, this is the only body you're going to get.
Take great care of it.

Therapeutic benefits of massage have been proven in a wide variety of conditions, and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are no exception.

In a study comparing massage therapy to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, the massage resulted in improved sleep patterns, decreased pain, less fatigue, fewer incidences of anxiety and depression, and decreased cortisol levels. In addition to being listed on the Touch Research Institute web page, this study was published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, volume 2, pages 18 - 22.

Generally speaking, massage provides many physiological benefits for every system of the body.

Massage Improves Skin Tone

The sun, smog, poor diet, and the unstoppable aging process all contribute to the drying, wrinkling, and the general loss of the youthful characteristics of your skin. Massage therapy dilates the blood capillaries of the skin increasing the uptake of vital skin repairing nutrients and speeding the removal of harmful toxins.  This improved circulation helps to moisturize your skin improving skin texture and relieving dryness and itching.

Massage Increases Blood Circulation

Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle can not hold much fluid nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it.  This decreases your circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on your heart.  Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy reserves. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ.  This increase in circulation brings energy-producing nutrients and oxygen to your cells as well as carries away metabolic waste products that can make you feel listless and drained. In addition, massage therapy increases your body's oxygen carrying red blood cell count helping to bring even more oxygen to your body's cells.

Massage Strengthens the Immune System

The lymphatic system is a major factor in your body's battle to ward off infection and heal injuries.  The lymphatic flow is usually very sluggish in most people and especially so in those that have less active lifestyles. Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and it's vital nutrients, but also increases the circulation and lymph in your lymphatic system thus helping your body to fight off infection and speeding your recovery from injuries and illness.  "If you have a massage every week, you will have 2/3 less illness."(H. Gruenn, M.D, Los Angeles, CA)