Mind Body Connection: Massage helps you focus

How does massage therapy help you focus? 

There are many reasons your concentration could be suffering.  Some of the most common explanations include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • drug use
  • ADHD
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Anaemia
  • Alzheimers/Dementia

How massage increases concentration

An overwhelming amount of doctor visits are connected to issues that deal with stress, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue, which you may recognize from the list above as the most common causes of poor concentration.  Massage has proven to reduce all of the indicators of stress through the following ways.

Diminishing tension in your muscles

When you get a therapeutic massage, your body is given a simple reminder to loosen up.  This will relieve any tension you have been experiencing in your muscles, which helps lower the symptoms of stress in your body.  You will be left with more energy and mental capacity afterwards.

Alleviate pain

Pain can be a huge detriment to your concentration abilities because it’s distracting, it disturbs sleep, and it can cause your body to feel exhausted on a regular basis.  Massage can be directly targeted towards pain relief, and help reduce it effects, so your concentration can improve.

Increased blood circulation

With decreased muscle tension, tight muscles stop contracting on your primary blood vessels which increases blood flow.  Pain relief will soon follow, and your brain will be supplied with more oxygen, and therefore improved concentration begins.

Stronger immune system

Massage improves and supports your body’s immune system.  With regular massage, you can reduce the amount of infections that can hinder your concentration.

Sleep better

More and more evidence of massage research is finding how massage can drastically improve sleep quality.  When you have less muscle tension, are more relaxed, experience less pain, and have healthy circulation, of course you are going to sleep more soundly.  And adult needs at least 8 hours of sleep to concentrate at their highest level.

Release of endorphins

Massage releases endorphins, like serotonin and dopamine, in your body which is another way you can reach improved circulation.  Also, depression and anxiety have been linked to an inadequate amount of these two substances.  When you increase their flow, you get a feel good sensation, and depression and anxiety will stay away.

 

Term of the Month : Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction AKA TMJ

TMJ is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication (the muscles that move the jaw) and the temporomandibular joints (the joints which connect the mandible to the skull). The most important feature is pain, followed by restricted mandibular movement and noises from the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) during jaw movement. Although TMD is not life-threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life, because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage.

Can be resulted from:

  • Grinding teeth
  • Disc displacement
  • Degenerative Joint disease
  • Psychological factors – stress , anxiety, etc…
  • Trauma
Structure of the jaw

Structure of the jaw

Essential Oil of the month: Sandalwood

For centuries, sandalwood has reserved a place of dignity and respect in many civilizations and religions of the world, especially in the Hindu Religion, where it is considered holy and indispensable in almost all of the social and religious rituals and ceremonies, from the birth of an individual until their death. Sandalwood is antiseptic, anti fungal, and has a calming meditative affect on the nervous system. Try pairing it with lavender in your diffuser for a calming, relaxing environment.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood