“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes. This is one among many reasons that people choose massage, yoga, exercise, and eating right as important components of their lives. Not only can self-care prevent or delay debilitating conditions, these activities show that it can also be immensely enjoyable.

Western medicine has only recently begun to seriously incorporate preventative and “alternative” forms of health care. One factor preventing widespread integration of massage therapy into health care has been the lack of scientific evidence of its effectiveness in addressing health issues. Identifying a causal link between deep relaxation and immune system performance may yet take some time. However, there is a growing body of published studies that show remarkable effects of massage on physiology and body chemistry. A September 20 article in the New York Times describes a study in which subjects receiving Deep Tissue massage experienced significant decreases in cortisol, a well known stress hormone, and arginine vasopressin (which can lead to increased cortisol levels), as well as an increase in white blood cells. Other subjects in the study received “light massage” and experienced decreases in adrenal corticotropin, which stimulates the production of cortisol, and increases in oxytocin, which is a hormone associated with feelings of well-being.

The full benefits of massage therapy, and other forms of self-care, on the body, mind, and spirit may forever have elements of delicious mystery. But, you can bet the farm on this: The old wives’ tale about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure is no tall tale. So, go out and do some prevention today, and love every minute of it!

Schedule your ounce of prevention by calling the studio, 202-328-9642, as we have Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and postnatal massage. In addition we have Reiki, Reflexology, pshychotherapy, and a Naturopathy.

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