Do you Really Need a Massage?

You know you like it. You know you want to. But do you really need it?

IF you are active, the answer is a booming YES.

IF you are not active. . . get active. And the answer is still a booming YES.

Everyone loves a good massage. It is so relaxing and refreshing. Some know about at least a percentage of the tremendous benefits it has on the human body. For example:

  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
The everyone may not know about is its effect on the lymphatic system. Let’s side track just for a second.
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system that is comprised of extensive network of vessels that move fluid (called lymph) unilaterally toward the heart. Think of it as the “garbage bin” of the immune system, carrying dead proteins, bacteria, toxins etc., out of the system. Unlike every other system, it does not have a “pump” the way the heart is for the circulatory system or the lungs are for the respiratory system. It depends exclusively on the muscloskeletal system. That is one huge reason why exercise is a must, not an option.
If you are unable to exercise at times, massage is arguable the next best thing. In short, the massage therapist assists the body in moving the lymph. Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function.
A while ago, I had the great honor of studying with the eminent French microbiologist, Gaston Naessens. Naessens is to microscopy as Einstein or Nicola Tesla was to physics — brilliant and  light years ahead of their time. Naessens noted that cancers and virtually all degenerative diseases are the end result of a congested lymphatic system. When the lymph flows, health is present. When congested, disease is inevitable.
Re-read the previous paragraph. Remember what your last massage felt like.
Do you really need any more convincing?!
David Orman
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