• Can You Massage Your Way To Good Health?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Sep 30th, 2014

We all know that stress doesn’t feel very good. You may feel is rushed, unhappy and fatigued. However, more importantly than that, is what you don’t feel, which is effects of stress on your physiology. 
  
Stress lowers the activity of some of the most important fighter cells in your body. A recent article on massage showed that moderate pressure massage had significant effects on physiology. 

For one thing, massage lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is our main stress response hormone.  Levels go up as we age and levels increase with stress, especially sustained, chronic stress. This study also showed that massage caused an increase in natural killer cells, which are important fighter cells for containing viral infections and limiting tumor growth. Transcendental meditation may also increase natural killer cells which helps tumor prevention. 

So what does this have to do with our topic this month on Breast Health Awareness? Stress and high cortisol levels have been associated with increased risk of cancer, including breast cancer. 
  
Doing something to lower cortisol and other adverse effects of stress need to be part of an overall program for optimal health. 

Options for lowering cortisol?  These have been proven to work:

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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