How Massage Therapy Can Improve Heart Health
February is Heart Health month, putting an important spotlight on one of the leading causes of death in men, women and most racial and ethnic groups in the United States according to the CDC. But it’s important to take measures to maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system throughout the year.
Many people are aware of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to protect their heart health, but did you know that Massage Therapy can also play an important role? Massage therapy helps reduce internal and external stress on your body as well as alleviate anxiety and help to lower blood pressure. In fact, there are formal techniques that therapists can use to maintain and improve heart health. At Boca Beauty Academy, we teach the importance of our techniques for mind and body health, so that as a massage therapist, you can play an instrumental role in the health of your clients.
Massage techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy are all beneficial for the cardiovascular system. By promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and releasing muscle tension, these techniques can help improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and even boost mood.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Heart Health
It’s called therapy for a reason. Studies have shown that massage can increase blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and red blood cells; as well reduces your heart rate and lowers blood pressure. A therapeutic massage also helps increase endorphins which gives a healthy boost to your cardiovascular system. In addition to helping lower your risk of developing certain heart diseases, massages can improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system. This helps to flush out toxins and other waste materials from your system, allowing the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Massage not only relaxes muscles but can also help improve the function of the entire cardiovascular system, as well as boosting overall heart health and well-being.
The residual benefits of maintaining good heart health and eliminating stress from your body (and mind) include improved energy levels, better concentration and focus, better sleep and mood, increased mobility and the ability to engage in activities like sports, fitness, or even everyday walking and recreation. And let’s not forget the anti aging benefits from optimal heart health that benefit intimacy and quality of life.