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Energy for Healing

27 Feb Posted by in Blog, Massage, Spa Treatments | Comments Off on Energy for Healing

Massage therapy, massage, massage therapist, relaxation, injury and massageWhat is the first thing you do when you bump or hurt yourself? You rub it, right? Your instinct is to gently rub or “massage” the area to make it feel better.  We are all guilty of this.  It’s a natural reflex we have to rub an ache or pain in our body.  We are using massage for healing. It may not feel better immediately but it will. Massage therapy is widely used for stress relief, relaxation and healing energy.

 

Massage is very helpful to your health and well-being. People in general use massage for relaxation and well-being. Some have a specific area of pain that needs healing.  Others enjoy this spa treatment as a little pampering or a way to re-energize. 

 

General Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

  • Enhanced energy and vitality
  • Improve circulation, nourishing cells and improve waste elimination
  • Physical relaxation
  • Greater flexibility and range of motion
  • Clinical massage helps heal scar tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscle tears
  • Relieve tight muscles, aches and pains
  • Release nerve compression

 

Diet and nutrition also play a big part in the recovery and healing process. A balanced diet and exercise is vital to our overall health in general.

 

Nutritional Strategies for Recovery and Healing

 

Protein – Increase protein to offset potential muscle breakdown that may occur post-injury. Divide protein meals into 4-6 smaller meals throughout the day. These meals should consist of lean beef, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese and whey protein powder.

 

Carbs – Include carbs in sufficient amounts in early stages to keep calories sufficient, and cut back after 1-2 weeks post surgery/injury (especially if weight control is a concern). Consider having good sources like veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes and oats. Avoid sugars and refined carbs.

 

Fats – Omega-3s are the best for reducing inflammation. Good fat sources like fatty fish, nuts, flax-seeds, olive oil, avocados, sesame seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are helpful. Tran’s fats, omega-6 fats and saturated fats will increase inflammation and slow the healing process.