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Power of Massage

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Powers of Massage

Massage has long been used to relieve stress, but check out the new ways researchers say massage can make you feel better:

Tummy Massage—Kneading your stomach will soothe away upset stomachs. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which governs the smooth muscle that lines your intestines and colon, which eliminates excess gas.
Hand Massage—Knead the fleshy area between your thumb and index finger for five minutes. This acupressure point governs moods, and massaging it can help you calm down during anxious situations.
Back Massage—An easy back massage decreases stress and lifts your levels of delta brain waves, which helps you relax and sleep.
Nose Massage—Rubbing your nose increases levels of lymphocytes, which are immune system cells. It also activates sinus pressure points to help relieve nasal congestion.
Toe Massage—The bottoms of your feet and toes have 7,000 nerve endings and the energy medians in your toes are linked to the brain. Gently rub the sole of each foot for five minutes and then press on the tips of each toe to awaken the brain and boost your ability to focus.

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    I loved this! Another keeper!!
    2143 days ago
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    No wonder I like it so much!
    2149 days ago
    Thanks for reading, and love your ideas.
    2150 days ago
    Touch is definitely one of our healing talents. Too bad it's gotten a distorted reputation!

    I read some notes quite some time ago about a couple of acupressure or massage points ~ and while I remember the points, I don't remember the application! one was for hunger, I think. I'm not certain of that, either. The first "point" is your upper lip, just below your nasal septum. Pinch and wiggle that gently between your fingers for a few moments. The other is your earlobe. Again, pinch and pull gently.

    Now if I just knew what they were good for! LOL
    2150 days ago
    Wolf, Great blog for sure and also a great reply, Julia.

    I've always known some of these things, but it's so nice to see that science knows as well.
    2150 days ago
    Great info!! Thank you!!
    2151 days ago
    Now you are talking my language. I became a massage therapist about 20+ years ago. When I was doing research for my final paper I discovered that just the positive touching aspect of the massage started the healing process in another person.

    I believe we are all given the power to heal and help with our touch if we have the right intention. So when you bump or hurt yourself, the first thing you do is "touch" the hurt. Same way with others. How many times has a mom or dad's hug helped to ease the pain of a child... or a kiss on a booboo.

    Through positive touch, we are affirmed and supported in our being. Remember the story of the babies in a Russian orphanage who were not held or touched rather than feed and change diapers? Most did not thrive... it is built into our being in which we require positive touching.

    One of my past jobs was to teach children about unwanted or unsafe touch (abuse) and the power of good touches... hugs, holding hands, high fives, all of these are life enhancing acts if done with a positive intent.

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing this with so many. Julia
    2151 days ago
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