One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress can be constricted breathing. When the body starts to exhibit signs of shallow, short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach the desirable state of homeostasis. If you can't breathe properly, the rest of your body will surely suffer the consequences of the decrease in oxygen flow, and often, bad things will follow.
One of the problems may be that the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen may have tightened, constricting air. Massage therapy plays an important role in training the body on how to relax, and helps improve one's breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that may benefit from regular massage therapy sessions.
Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, and when these muscles are chronically tight, they may restrict normal breathing and disrupt bodily breathing patterns. Massage therapy not only improves breathing, but posture as well. This can lead to a greater opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion which is needed for optimal lung function. When the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage therapy, one's breathing rate slows, deepens, and becomes more regular.
A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through massage therapy is tapotement; a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish massage. Additionally, when performed on the back along with vibration and shaking techniques, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function.
BENEFITS OF IMPROVED BREATHING
Aids in mental and physical relaxation
Improves oxygen levels in the body
Increases energy levels
Not only will massage therapy help relax muscles, it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging to the body. A regular massage therapy regime at Back In Balance Massage & Bodyworks can help you breath easier and enjoy the joyful, balanced life you desire.
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