Massage as Medicine

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about the medical benefits of massage. It is worth taking a few minutes to read the whole thing, but here are some highlights:

  • A full-body massage boosted immune function and lowered heart rate and blood pressure in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation treatment, a 2009 study of 30 participants found.
  • Children given 20-minute massages by their parents every night for five weeks plus standard asthma treatment had significantly improved lung function compared with those in standard care, a 2011 study of 60 children found.
  • A 10-minute massage upped mitochondria production, and reduced proteins associated with inflammation in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion, a small study last month found.

Read the article here.

Post by Juanique

Juanique Roney has been practicing massage therapy since 2008, when she discovered she had a natural talent for working with the human body. She initially trained in modalities such as structural intergration, swedish massage, sports massage, injury massage, and accupressure, but has increased her repertoire substantially in the years since. She has worked closely with chiropractors since 2009, which has given her invaluable insight into the body, how to understand what it is telling us, and how to work with it. She has been the proud owner of her own thriving massage business since 2011, which can be found on the web at www.provohealth.com and in real life in Provo, Utah. Juanique grew up in beautiful South Africa, but has lived in the United States for the last eight years. Her accent has mostly disappeared since she came, but if you pay attention you will get a glimpse of it every now and then. Just ask her to say "paper."

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