A world-wide panel of experts recently updated the definition of pain to better suit our modern understanding. In a nutshell, pain is a different experience for everybody. Pain is real to the one experiencing it, no matter the causation. Though most pain has a biological cause (dehydration, nutritional imbalance, biological damage, etc.), some pain can be a result of mental overload or psychological trauma. Let's remember to be gracious to those experiencing pain, we can never know all that they are going through that has led them to the experience they are in at this moment. Then, once we have manifested that grace, we can support them on their individual journey to better health and wellness. 🙏❤️
Massage for the abdomen has been shown to be effective for helping:
Assist Weight Loss (mechanical via elimination, and biological via detoxification)
Reduce/Prevent Menstrual Cramps
Alleviate Feeling of Stress & Anxiety
Refreshes/Stimulate Internal Organs
Alleviate Hiatal Hernia
Ease Feelings of Nausea (due to stress)
Relieve Back Pain
Calm the Nervous System
Most massage therapists do not work on the stomach unless asked to. If you would like to benefit from Abdominal Massage, we offer a stand-alone session for $25 for 15 minutes, or the treatment can be added to most 60 or 90 minute sessions. We also offer 15-Minute Head, Face & Neck, or Foot & Leg Massages too. (Prices subject to change without notice.)
Call to schedule 308-432-4558.
SKIN AS THE "THIRD BRAIN"
"In his article “Epidermis as the ‘Third Brain?’” Japanese researcher Mitsuhiro Denda, PhD, introduces the idea that the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), which forms the interface between the body and the environment, could be considered the “third brain” (next to the digestive tract as the “second brain”), as it contains multiple environmental sensors and a sensory information-processing system, and generates a variety of hormones and neurotransmitters with the potential to influence whole-body states and emotions." - Massage Mag, "The 'Why' Behind Touch Benefits." 2020.
To keep it simple, "all components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, an interactive neuroendocrine unit that describes the functional connection between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland (both located in the brain), and the adrenal glands (on top of the kidneys) can be found in touch-receptors in the skin (epidermal keratinocytes)." As the HPA axis is critical for aiding with homeostasis (whole-body balance and optimal function), when approached in a positive manner, the skin then becomes an avenue for helping us better adapt to physical and emotional triggers in the world around us.
Want to get in on the benefits? Schedule a regular therapeutic massage today: 308-432-4558. Be sure to visit our Service Menu page.
DID YOU KNOW THAT MASSAGE THERAPY CAN HELP WITH:
• Food cravings
• Mood imbalance
• Chronic fatigue
• Mental clarity
• Weight loss
• Anxiety and depression
• Menstrual cramps
• Tension headaches
• & so much more...
Research shows that therapeutic massage has an indirect yet profound impact on the "HPA axis" via its affect on cortisol production (the 'stress hormone'). The HPA, or Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal axis, is the 'feedback-loop' in our brain that controls the hormones and other chemicals messengers in our body responsible for virtually ALL of its basic functions. The neuroendocrine effects induced by receiving regular therapeutic massage, including and especially the reduction in cortisol levels and the near parallel elevation of serotonin and dopamine, in turn, affects other hormones and chemical processes throughout the body including those required for proper sleep (melatonin), blood sugar levels (insulin), appetite control (ghrelin and leptin), and more. Unchecked stress, in the same systemic (whole-body) manner, may have negative long term consequences such as creating increased risk for obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, dementia and arthritis. just to name a few.
When an individual chooses to receive regular massage therapy treatments to combat stress, they are not only affecting their stress levels in a positive way, they are in turn also choosing to improve their overall health and wellbeing via the HPA axis.
TAKEAWAY POINT: Massage = good 😃. Stress = bad 🥺. Health = priceless 🙌.
If you'd like to get on the road to wellness, we have a few open sessions left in the next few weeks. Call to schedule M-Th 9am-5:30pm 308-432-4558.
NOTE: As the cumulative, stress-busting affects of massage therapy are best experienced with regular treatments, consider a monthly, bi-monthly or weekly appointment depending upon your individual needs. If you only have time for one session, don't be discouraged. Even one session here or there still can have profound benefits!!
Coronavirus has affected our operations in reference to many of the subjects or services listed herein. Please see our dedicated COVID-19 page for information. Until further notice, all of our standard policies and procedures will be trumped by the Nebraska State DHM (Directed Health Measures) in order to stay in compliance with state law as far as possible. Thank you all for your continued support and patience as we collectively work through this.
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 25+ years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
NOTICE: The information provided herein is meant for educational purposes only. We accept no liability for your use of the information provided. As always, use your best judgment and if in doubt, please consult your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.