BENEFITS

MASSAGE

Physical Benefits

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation 

  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces the formation of excessive scar tissue 

  • Reduces muscle spasms

  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion

  • Enhances athletic performance

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

  • Improves circulation of blood and the movement of lymph fluids

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and the effects of eye-strain

  • Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin

  • Improves posture

  • Strengthens the immune system 

 

Mental Benefits 

  • Fosters peace of mind

  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

  • Helps relieve mental stress

  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

  • Satisfies needs for caring/nurturing touch

  • Fosters a feeling of well-being

  • Reduces levels of anxiety

  • Increases awareness of the mind-body connection

 

Benefits of Massage for Animals.

  • reduces muscle tension

  • eases stiffness

  • reduces muscle spasms

  • improves range of motion

  • improves the circulation of blood and the movement of lymph

  • improves immune system function

  • enhances the health of the skin and coat

  • quiets the mind

  • reduces anxiety

  • helps to manage the effects of stress

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YOGA

Asanas

  • Stress Reduction !!! 

  • Increased Strength and Flexibility 

  • Improved Mind/Body Connection 

  • Improved Nervous System Function

  • Improved Posture

  • Improved Circulation of Blood and Lymph Fluids 

 

Pranayama and Meditation

  • Stress Reduction !!!

  • Improved Respiratory Efficiency

  • Decreased Muscle Tension and Pain

  • Improved Immune System Function

  • Improved Concentration and Focus

  • Increased Creativity

  • Increased Serotonin Production (which can help depression, insomnia, obesity and headaches)

  • Reduced Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Symptoms

  • Improved Mind/Body Connection

 

For a very detailed list of the benefits of yoga asana (poses), pranayama (breathing) and meditation please visit this article by Timothy McCall, M.D. - http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634.