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Hometown Focus printed its Health Edition last week.

It got me thinking about how massage can be worked into someone’s health regiment. In my opinion, massage promotes healing in both the body and the mind.


What does massage do for the body and mind? How can it help? It increases blood and lymph circulation, and reduces anxiety, stress and muscle tension. It also increases relaxation both mentally and physically. Let’s imagine you are healing from surgery, a muscle tear, strain or sprain. With the increased circulation of blood from a massage, you have more oxygen being carried to the where it is needed, allowing for better healing. It also means there is greater waste removal from muscles that get carried to the kidneys to be filtered out via the bladder.

Increased blood flow could mean faster healing. As for the lymph system, its job is to carry waste out for removal too. There are times that waste gets stuck in between the tissues. Sometimes the lymph system itself becomes somewhat sluggish and needs incentive to get moving again. That’s what massage does…it provides the encouragement.



You might have anxiety or stress in your life for whatever reason, and your doctor has said you need to lower your stress level. Besides doing other things to reduce your stress levels, adding massage to your life might really help. Massage gets in there and releases knots that, in turn, free your tension.

That’s the physical side. On the mental side, as the tension is released, the brain goes “ahhh,” like it’s letting out a big sigh of relief. You can now relax better, think more clearly, and get a peaceful night’s sleep.

I have two clients, a husband and wife, I see every two weeks. He has his own business, building something in his shop (I can never remember what exactly it is). His wife does his books for him. She is a retired accountant. From my understanding, with the shutdown last year, it put a crunch in his workload. As it is, I know that his body is taxed from the physical labor he must do with his work, and I am sure he worries about making sure he has enough work coming in. His wife does his books and her stress shows up with a tight neck and low back muscles.

His wife also gets out in the garden this time of year. In the winter, snow shoveling is a laborious task. As a result, they both have physical and mental stress going on. They both feel that massage helps keep them moving, allowing them to accomplish what needs to get done. It relieves their stress and tension, helping them move through life with more ease.

Now I know massage can’t help in every health situation. For example, if you recently had surgery. I was taught six weeks out, after the surgery and the incision has healed closed, you may start getting your massages.

And, if it’s earlier than six weeks after surgery and you want to start helping your body heal, you might look at getting reflexology, a type of bodywork that is done on the feet or hands and is noninvasive to the incision sight. There are points on the hands and feet that correlate with the entire body. A reflexologist is sensitive to what you need and can coordinate a plan to work where it will do the most good toward helping heal your body.

There are many different types of bodywork that might help put your mind and body on the road to recovery. Explore which ones work best for you.”

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.