The Importance Of Massage

We have all heard – you are what you eat. When it comes to health and giving our body and mind a resilient composition to step out into the world, the focus must go inwards. The saying you are what you eat, refers to the nutrients and minerals building and replenishing our body, resulting in collagen rich skin, ease in movement, a sharpness in thought and dialogue with your peers. 

Massage nourishes the undercurrent of fluids, and just like ringing out a dirtying wet sponge, relieves muscles, fascia, and connective tissue from the days efforts.

When we train our muscles at the gym, the muscle building or growth occurs when we rest, not when we squat, lunge pull and press. Would it not be true that massage, will enhance the efficiency of this soft tissue growing and replenishing?

Various allied health practitioners and reputable people in the health industry have concluded massage trumps stretching, a sauna, and even a cool down post workout as the best means for DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and as a tip top adjunct to recovery in general. 

In summary, our body is an ever regenerating cosmos of microorganisms, and cell conversions. When you crunch the numbers, finding professional, and effective ways to nourish this undercurrent that is quietly working away 24/7, its a no brainer to get your internal environment consistently reset and replenished.

The numbers……we grow a new heart every 15 years. We grow new red blood cells every 2-3 hours. We grow new smooth muscle tissue in our small intestine every 3-4 days. You grow new bone via osteoblasts every 7 years, and I’ll complete this blog with my favourite organ, that I personally have learnt more and more about recently, the liver. This general of all organs can have 70% cut out during surgery, and it will regrow back to almost full size within months. Alcohol effected livers aside, our lovers will be regenerate with the matrix of fluids supporting the time and rapid growth to ensure the body they inhabit, becomes ready to be their best, with out Joe, Jess or Michael, having a real conscious awareness of what is magically happening just below and to the right of their ribcage.

Book in for Nutritional consultation, a Remedial Massage, Naturopathy, or an Acupuncture session, not only to gain some time out from life, a friendly ‘all about you’ chat, but receive at varying degrees positive change to the undercurrent within….

Call Sam our Massage Therapist for an appointment on 02 8406 0679

Stressed? Get hooked on this High

75% of adults experience moderate to high levels of stress. Stress and anxiety are rampant in our modern lifestyle. Many of us accept it as a normal part of life. In fact, 75% of adults have moderate to high levels of stress. Nearly half said that their stress has increased in the past year. “Good stress” helps you meet your next deadline. The rush of adrenaline and increased blood sugar (to fuel your cells) helps you run across the finish line at your half marathon. This ancient evolutionary mechanism of “fight or flight” is what keeps us safe. But once the “threat” has passed, our body returns to equilibrium. Our heart rate and blood pressure normalizes, blood sugar falls back down, and our breathing calms. Ah, homeostasis!

But what happens when the “threat” doesn’t go away? Nowadays, our bodies are under constant stress, not allowing our body to return to equilibrium. Chronic stress can cause headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, infertility, and a variety of emotional conditions. In the long-term, it increases your chances of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. 

So how can acupuncture help with stress? A study shows that receiving acupuncture lowers cortisol levels, and lessens anxiety and depression through behavioral tests. Acupuncture decreases activity in the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is in charge of the stress response.

Other studies also show that acupuncture can help treat anxiety and depression. Aside from the clear physiological mechanisms acupuncture has to combat stress, having a weekly oasis is your way of telling your body “Hey! This is your time to rest.” My patients always walk out of the clinic feeling relaxed and calm, no matter what they come in for. We call it the “Acu-High.” Get booked on it!

The reason: In response to the insertion of needles, the body releases feel- good endorphins and neurotransmitters that promote feelings of well-being

while easing muscle tension and pain. Andrea has completed numerous extra studies on Acupuncture relief for stress and anxiety: Scalp Acupuncture for Mental health and Neurological disorders, Acupuncture for psychosomatic conditions, Auricular therapy for addictions and mood disorders. To book in with Andrea visit www.nbip.com.au or email andrea@nbip.com.au