“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
– Amit Ray
It’s Winter time… Time for sniffles, colds, and coughs – YUCK! We normally try to prevent or treat these by taking over-the-counter drugs or not leaving the house until the thermometer reads AT LEAST 75 degrees! Have you ever thought of massage as a way of maintaining your respiratory health? Many respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma, and bronchitis, can benefit from massage therapy.
Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, and when any of these muscles are chronically tight or shortened, they can restrict normal breathing patterns. Massage techniques to relax these muscles improve breathing capacity. One particularly beneficial massage modality for relieving respiratory issues is tapotement. Tapotement is a rhythmic, percussion stroke used in traditional Swedish massage. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function. Not to mention, when the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated by massage, your breathing slows down, and becomes deep and regular.
It is important to remember, however, that massage therapy is not meant as a cure for disease and severe illness. It is a preventative and symptomatic aide. If you are suffering from a severe or chronic illness, you should seek help with your healthcare provider.
Have you ever sought out massage therapy for respiratory relief? How did it help you? Share your story with a comment!
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