High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because they are no visible outward signs as there are for a stroke or heart attack. Dealing with high blood pressure can lead to a stroke if not kept under control by diet, exercise or medication. Regular massage sessions with the intention of reducing stress have been shown to have lowering affects on those with high blood pressure. (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol.4, Issue 1, pg 31-38. Published in issue: January 2000). Modalities such as Swedish massage and Reflexology are good for those dealing with high blood pressure.
When we are dealing with life in general, situations happen that can cause short term or long term stress. It is the long term stress that can cause damage to our bodies. Stress itself can be a good thing, but when it becomes a daily part of our life then it can lead to overeating, lack of exercise, depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. With a consistent massage routine the effects of stress can be diminished. Getting a Swedish massage which consists of long slow strokes helps to calm down the fight and flight response of our nervous system. As the nervous system calms down, breathing slows and the body begins to relax. Sounds great doesn’t it!
As a massage therapist if a client has marked “high blood pressure” on the intake form I always ask if they are under a doctors care and, if so, are they on any medication. If it is not controlled with medication your session will be geared towards relaxation only. If blood pressure is under control (stays in a normal range) then your massage session can include deeper work as needed.
Always be sure to be totally honest with your therapist. We are here to help you and look out for your best interest.
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Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.