Sunday, September 27, 2009

Massage for Soldiers

Whether or not you agree with the war overseas, one thing stands true for us all: We are grateful for the brave ones who are sent there and thankful when they return.
Recently, men and woman returned in this and surrounding counties and will spend the next few months reacquainting themselves with family, and hopefully an atmosphere of peace and balance.
Among all the things family could do for their returned loved ones, scheduling a professional massage should definitely be on the list. Although many are aware of using massage to relax a little bit, there are those who are unaware of the many benefits that go far beyond pampering the body.
Various massage techniques can be used to help break down tension within muscles that have become programmed to stay tense in anticipation and can re-learn how to relax. Massage can also help with the release of endorphins, our body’s ‘feel-good’ hormone, as well as assist the body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that’s crucial to keep balanced in those suffering from depression.
Additionally, giving the body a chance to relax in a near meditative state can assist receivers in getting better REM sleep, the phase of sleep when the body rests as well as heals itself from daily activities. Best of all, the relaxed response a body has following a massage can last 2, 3, and sometimes as long as 4 days afterwards.
Because I believe whole-heartedly in the benefits of massage, I’ll be offering free half-hour massages to soldiers who’ve just returned, with the option of upgrading to an hour for a small fee from now until November 30, 2009. Just call (814) 226-5151 for more details.

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