Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has been named, the "silent killer" and often goes unnoticed because it has NO apparent outward symptoms that are associated with the disease. High blood pressure affects both men and women and has even been diagnosed in children as young as six years old. So, it's never too early to get your blood pressure checked out.
Long-term studies have shown that massage therapy is an effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally. A consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure as well as decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels. Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke.
A study reported by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in the year 2000, also asserts that hypertension and its associated symptoms were reduced through massage therapy. Those in this study received 10 30-minute massage sessions over the course of five weeks. All those who participated in the study suffered from experienced reduced blood pressure, reduced feelings of depression, less hostile behavior, and reduced levels of cortisol in their urine and salivary samples. It was concluded that massage for hypertension may be beneficial to reduce diastolic blood pressure and lessen the symptoms associated with hypertension.