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Treat Yourself to a Massage

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Stress is a part of life that we all try to avoid, but it still happens. Stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk.

One of the best ways to deal with the stresses of life is to receive a Swedish or a relaxation style massage that calms your mind, improves your breathing, and decreases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels.


No one wants to be in pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Therapeutic massage is an excellent alternate solution to relieve common chronic pains such as migraines, headaches, low back pain, neck or shoulder pain, tightness, knots and kinks, and also pain from sciatica by increasing healthy blood flow and endorphins into the body with specific deep tissue techniques by an experienced massage therapist.


Who doesn’t love a restful night’s sleep? It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues. Massage can help infants, toddlers, teens and adults not only calm anxiety and reduce depression, but can help boost improved sleep patterns by releasing serotonin a “feel good” neurotransmitter from the nervous system. Inform your massage therapist that you want the best massage for improving your sleep.

Long, calming, but firm strokes should be used. To help relieve stress, reduce pain, and enjoy a better night’s sleep give yourself permission to enjoy at least two hours of massages every month. Your body and mind will thank you.


Chris Bell

Chris Bell is a licensed Massage Therapist and the owner of Finesse Bodywork in Dallas. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is a Cooper Institute Certi ed Personal Trainer.

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