No magic trick here! Massage therapy is a sure way to lower those suffering with high blood pressure and it is a lot more involved than what most people realize. It is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. This therapeutic tool affects every system of the body: the muscular system, nervous system, circulatory system, skeletal system, reproductive system, endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, integumentary system and excretory system. They are all direct and indirect recipients of the benefits of massage therapy. This also means that since the circulatory system controls the circulation of blood throughout the body, having high blood pressure affects the level at which each system functions or dysfunctions under such conditions.
Although there are a number of causes for high blood pressure, stress is a major factor, yet it goes overlooked. Licensed Physician and Surgeon Joseph M. Mercola of Illinois says, “One in three American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension), and just as many, if not more, battle emotional and mental stress on a day-to-day basis”. He continues with this very important point, ” By teaching your body to slow down and relax when stress hits — essentially short-circuiting your physical stress reaction — you can protect your health”. Massage therapy can certainly provide the above relief for anyone in need of escaping daily stress, both chronic and acute, to lower their blood pressure and boost their overall health.
For those with hypertension, the massage therapist should be made aware to enable him or her to customize the therapeutic session at best. The massage should be very slow, soothing and relaxing. Taking deep breaths will allow the body to take in more oxygen to carry through the blood stream to the heart and brain to induce a sensation of calm and peace. Slow and steady breathing will bring an even balance to the heartbeat. The massage therapist may also use aromatherapy to compliment the therapeutic massage. By taking in essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint, the brain sends messages to the body through neurotransmitters to further promote feelings of well-being and euphoria. The mind begins to settle into a quiet state allowing the body to do the same. Quite often, those receiving massage therapy will fall asleep. Many experience some of the best rest during a massage session.
Although it is understood than an entire lifestyle change will take time and patience, a trip to a spa will only take one hour. For those with a modest budget seek out individually owned spas as well as massage schools for excellent rates. Many massage therapists, especially those with their own establishment, will have the ability to be flexible and offer first time client specials as well as various discounts to suit each client’s needs. Therefore, delay no more. Sit yourself in Heaven at once!
(Note: If taking medication, please be sure to consult your physician before receiving massage therapy)
Ebony S. Muhammad is a Licensed Massage & Spa Therapist in Houston, Texas and is also the Publisher of Hurt2Healing Magazine, the #1 digital publication that features real stories of living through and overcoming trials.