Your heart is a very large muscle in your body, and it can get sore and tight from stress and always being on the go. Think about how your heart feels when you are hurt and stressed out. There can be a pinching feeling, pressure, a binding feeling or a clenched feeling. When the heart muscle is tight, it limits blood flow to the rest of the body which can result in lower energy levels, fatigue, pain and soreness.
A number of long-term studies have shown that regular massage can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can lower the odds of having a heart attack. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart easing the strain on the heart. In this way, massage offers a drug-free, non invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
An increasing number of research studies reveal that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation.
Massage also promotes recovery by flushing the toxins away from the heart so that new oxygenated blood can circulate. If you notice, the massage therapist will always rub the muscles upwards towards the heart. The massage is actually pushing out the muscle’s carbon dioxide rich blood to the lungs and heart which is then filtered to come out as oxygen rich blood that goes back into the muscles. The body will do this naturally but massage drastically speeds up the process.
As this is February “Heart” month, I’d like to share my own experience with massage. I have been getting massages since 1996 and it did wonders for healing my heart at that time and it continues to do so when things in life are not so pleasant. Massage is also good for anyone who is single, feeling alone, going through a divorce, lost a loved one, someone you love who is dying of cancer or any other illnesses. I highly recommend a massage to help support the healing process quicker. It does the “heart” good and you will definitely feel a little bit less stressed afterwards. Take care of your heart.