Hands on Help: Massage For Your Health

Lured by the prices and held by the relaxation and tension relief, I spent a lot of time facedown on a massage table in Asia. I had the opportunity to test drive all different massage types, including traditional Malay, Khmer, and Thai massage (my favorite).   Since managing your health is about much more than the food you eat or the number of steps on your pedometer everyday, all my time on the massage table led me to research different types of massage and the purported health benefits of each.  Techniques like massage can be an important component of disease prevention/symptom relief/ lifestyle medicine especially for stress relief.  Maybe it goes without saying, but less stress means improved blood pressure, sleep, weight control and immunity. 

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