Healing Hands for the Heart

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Health & Wellness, Massage Therapy
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“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”
Thomas Carlyle


This time of year, with Valentine’s day around the corner, we start thinking about hearts a little more. We express love and other joyful feelings that “come from the heart,” but how often do we really consider our heart’s health and what a healthy heart can do for your body?

Due to the stress of everyday life, poor nutrition, and many other factors, our heart can reduce it’s natural ability to properly pump blood throughout the body effectively. Why is this so important? Blood contains Oxygen and many other essential nutrients that assist our body in carrying out functions to survive and perform actions. How can we prevent and maintain our heart’s
health easily and effectively ?hands heart

Massage therapy assists in relaxing the nervous system which allows the body to reduce the amount of Cortisol, a stress hormone, that the body produces. Following the reduction of the hormone, the body is calmed which allows heart rate to slow down decreasing the amount of stress and muscular fatigue on the
heart muscle it self. Another great way that massage helps to reduce the
stress and fatigue on the heart is by reducing tension in the muscle
fibers. How would this effect the heart you may ask? When tension is
taken off of the muscles blood flow increases naturally, this process takes
any additional strain off of the heart. The heart regulates it’s effort to
pump blood depending on the demand for nutrients throughout the
body and since the blood carries nutrients, if there is any interference,
the heart feels that it has to pump hard to compensate when in actuality, if we take away the interference, in this case tight muscles,blood can flow effortlessly and efficiently with less strain on the heart.
Proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management all play an important role in keeping your heart healthy, add
massage therapy in the mix and not only will you feel better, but you amplify the results of those efforts!

  1. sharonhartnett says:

    I enjoyed reading this. Very informative. It gladdens me to read good massage blogs sharing the benefits of massage. sharon lot http://www.integrativesoulandbodywork.com

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