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One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress can be constricted breathing. When the body starts to take shallow short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach a relaxed state. Part of the problem is that the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen may have tightened, constricting air.
Essential Massage Therapy plays an important role in training the body how to relax and help improve breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from Essential Massage Therapy. In fact, the positive impact Essential Massage Therapy can have on respiratory function has been shown through research, says Anne Williams, education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, she explains. "When any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns," she explains. "Massage Therapy Techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function."
Essential Massage Therapy can not only improve breathing, but also posture. This can lead to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function, she adds. Plus, when the parasympathetic nervous system responds to Essential Massage Therapy your breathing rate slows and becomes deep and regular.
A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through Essential Massage Therapy is tapotement, a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish Massage Therapy. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function, Williams says.
Not only will Essential Massage Therapy help relax internal muscles, it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging. This can also help you enjoy a more balanced life.
Essential Massage Therapy Benefits:
Controls breathing in an effort to aid relaxation
Allows the mind to re-create relaxation before stress becomes chronic or damaging
Increases energy level
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"I started having massages with Ryan every 2 weeks. The pain that was excruciating before is no longer there. I don't give up my massages for anything. Thank you so much Ryan!" ~Rebekah H.
"I've been getting a massage every 4 weeks from Ryan for a few years now. People are telling me that I am looking younger and more vibrant. I give credit to my regular massages." ~Tim G.
If you're looking to receive Essential Massage Therapy that helps you breathe easier, regular Essential Massage Therapy Appointments at Body Smirks can be a powerful ally.