Even though winter is upon us now, we don’t have to accept that with the season, colds and illnesses arrive too. With a good diet and plenty of warm liquids, the next most important health tip is to have regular bodywork!
Soft tissue bodywork such as Massage and Bowen therapy not only assists in the healing of musculoskeletal problems and misalignment, but our general state of health, wellbeing and a boost in our immune system. Our immune system is our body’s way to protect us and keep us healthy. Numerous studies show that regular therapeutic bodywork increases serotonin as well as an increase in our natural ‘killer’ (white blood cells) cells.
With Bowen Therapy and Massage, many clients come initially for physical pain relief but always returning for following sessions with their own surprising feedback: that they feel healthy, their mood has uplifted, and their stress threshold has increased. Furthermore, their regular treatments have strengthened their immune system, evident with the reduction in severity or even absence of colds.
What I find, when I am giving a Bowen treatment for example is a person’s state of feeling good, a sense of lightness in posture and breathing, awareness within their body and a renewed commitment to maintaining this state. When the body is in a state of relaxation, and the parasympathetic system* is stimulated, this promotes a deep sense of relaxation: the body’s optimum state to combat stress (and keep colds at bay!).
The stimulation of this system is one of the fundamental and consistent benefits in a treatment including massage – a benefit that we need to embrace and feel totally deserving of for healthy living.
When you come for your Bowen or Massage appointment, your practitioner will discuss with you the best possible treatment option to address your primary concern. The bonus is that you are doing your body much more good than you could ever imagine. Beyond aches, pains or restricted movement, you are nourishing your cells, improving lymph flow, regulating heart rate, and assisting in the prevention of illnesses, to name a few.
Prevention is far better than cure!
*Seratonin: A naturally occurring chemical in the brain in part responsible for regulating mood, sleep, appetite, memory. In winter months, serotonin levels seem to drop.
*Parasympathetic system: The part of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system that is responsible for the ‘rest-and-digest’ activities that occur when the body is at rest, including slowing heart rate.
article by Jenny Petridis