National Relaxation Day

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On this National Relaxation Day experts from Massage Envy are sharing the health benefits of massage. (WLS)

On this "National Relaxation Day" experts from Massage Envy are sharing the health benefits of massage.

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy:

- Reduces Stress: Stress relief is key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels-all of which help reduce daily stress.

- Improves Circulation: The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting improved body function.

- Strengthens the Immune System: Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system's cytotoxic capacity-the activity level of the body's natural "killer cells".

- Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion: As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.

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