Why massage is the perfect gift to say I love you.

 What says I love you better than the gift of touch? Our mothers, fathers, grandparents, spouses and friends all would benefit from massage. In fact touch deprivation is a major cause of depression  in our society.

So what does massage do to our body chemistry?

 Massage can feel good but did you know that it has been scientifically shown to affect your body chemistry. According to research done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Touch Research Institute in Miami it was found that a single session of massage caused biological changes. Volunteers who received massage experienced significant decreases in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood and in saliva. The cortisol hormone controls the body’s fight and flight mechanism. In addition massage increase in the lymphocytes, the white blood cells that help your immune system. Both deep massage and light touch massage effected body chemistry. However the lighter touch therapy produced greater increases in the hormone Oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of contentment. In addition massage can eliminate muscle pain, flush toxins from your lymphatic’s, and sooth you whole system.

 When was the last time  your loved ones received a gift to reduce stress that also felt so good. MY certificates are beautiful. See a sample on my website at dkarlan.com. I can customize certificates for any number of sessions and personalize them for you. 

Call or text me for an appointment me at 727-641-8979 or email me at wellness2158@gmail.com .

So do you have a maintenance manual for your body

We did not come with a maintenance manual. But you must admit that it would be handy. As we age we loose flexibility, stamina, and the resiliency of our youth. Responsibilities for our family’s, our jobs or business, greatly increases our stress. It becomes more difficult to balance work, exercise; family, and time for ourselves, It is easy to find ourselves lost in our daily tasks of survival without a plan. A body maintenance program is important if we want to age gracefully and maintain our sanity and vitality.

To really work, your maintenance manual must be designed by you. You know if you are overeating, under exercising, stressed out and out of balance. So start with sensible changes. Write down how you are feeling. What you what to change and your reason to change. That is how you begin your manual. Then note what works and what does not work.

Ok, I can give you the summery of what I have developed. I eat healthy food. I take supplements that enhance my immune system and protect my heart and bones. I stretch and exercise 30 minutes a day and I get a chiropractic adjustment once a month. I get a massage every two weeks. I have maintained my balance and energy through the crisis and my program is the key to my health.

According to the Mayo Clinic studies have found massage helpful for: stress relief, managing anxiety and depression, pain, stiffness, blood pressure control, soft tissue injuries, and boosting immunity. Beyond these benefits massage can provide comfort and a sense of empowerment. I hope you will consider adding massage to you maintenance manual.