Massage therapy can help active people maintain flexibility and can help them feel better after strenuous activity. I've seen numbers as high as 60% faster recovery with massage therapy.
Instead of joining a yoga studio with full hour or 90 minute classes, I managed my practice at home, using a combination of class sequences that I developed myself (modifications of the 12 asana sequence taught in Sivananda yoga) , and short sequences from youtube. I varied the length of my practices, and focused more on supporting myself than on increasing flexibility. After 3 weeks of yoga I very slowly began to fit my mental image of what a yogi looks like, with adjusted expectations, forgiveness, and plenty of room for growth.
My good friend Alex, a Registered Practical Nurse, is launching a new website on self-care for healthcare workers hersunnydisposition.com. It isn't live yet, but I'm a healthcare provider who frequently emails clients and updates her website at 11pm, so I thought I should get some tips. Jen: Your current project is a blog for healthcare… Continue reading Managing Self-Care with a Special Guest
Using relaxation techniques, a massage therapist will help your sympathetic nervous system (the one that shoots out adrenaline) to calm down, and tell your parasympathetic nervous system to take over (this one tells you to rest and digest).
Physical therapies, including massage, work with your body to enhance it's innate responses. Benefits of massage can include reduced pain, stimulation or relaxation of the nervous system, increased circulation, decreased inflammation, increased range of motion...