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Once considered to be pampering for the rich and famous, massage therapy is now finding enormous popularity among millions of Americans. Massage provides relief to people from all walks of life- the weekend athlete, the home gardener, the stressed executive, secretaries, waitresses, computer programmers and laborers. Virtually anyone can feel the need for massage sooner or later! We live in a sedentary world where your muscles pay the price for your inactivity.
Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle cannot hold much fluid to pass through it. This decreases your circulation and increases the strain placed on your heart. This can leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy reserves. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood toward the heart, easing the strain on this vital organ. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce waste products such as lactic acid that build up in muscles that are overworked. Massage therapy loosens tight muscles preventing formation of adhesions that restrict your range of motion and cause arthritis to set in.
Far too many of us face our daily lives with chronic pain due to chronic conditions and injuries. Massage helps to stimulate the release of endorphins (the body's natural pain killer) into the nervous system to reduce your feelings of pain and discomfort without the use of unnatural and risky drugs. It stimulates your body's natural pharmacy, which is always dosage specific, target specific and most important, FREE! This is why our 8WW® program includes one 60 minute massage each week.