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The Surprising Benefits of Massage

One of my favourite ways to rest and exercise self-care is to go for a massage. But, so many people mistakenly think massage is an indulgence rather than a health-behaviour.

Some of the many benefits of massage include reduced stress and higher levels of neuroendocrine and immune functioning—which means better hormonal balance and more immunity to disease and illness.

Some studies also suggest that a one-hour massage results in benefits equivalent to a 6-hour sleep.

Sounds good to me, especially when I’m feeling fatigued.

If getting naked isn’t your thing, consider an energy healing treatment with a trained Reiki practitioner.

Reiki is a Japanese word. Rei means universal transcendental spirit and Ki stands for life energy. Hence, the word carries a sense of universal life energy. Many scientific minds, as well as sage healers, have believed throughout the years that the universe is filled with this invisible life energy and that the life and health of all living beings are sustained by it.

Increasing evidence suggests that there does exist a superior intelligent force which contains all creation and out of which all life arises. The energy of this force pervades all things and this is the energy that flows through our hands in concentrated form when we treat with Reiki.

Reiki healing is the ancient art of “hands-on healing” and offers a natural and holistic approach to mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

You don’t have to believe in any religion or be particularly spiritual to benefit from Reiki. It’s an inclusive, non-religious form of healing and safe for everyone.

When I was experiencing a huge period of stress, I gained so much immediate benefit from my Reiki treatments that I decided to learn this beautiful healing technique. Recently in Bali, I completed my master level training.

You don’t have to be Reiki-trained to live by the principles developed by Reiki founder Dr. Mikao Usui: “Just for today do not worry. Just for today do not anger. Honour your parents, teachers, and elders. Earn your living honestly. Show gratitude to everything.”

Put more fuel in your tank and give yourself the gift of a therapeutic massage or Reiki treatment.

In this video, I share some of my top mental, emotional, physical and spiritual resilience strategies

This is an edited extract from Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Cassandra Gaisford.

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The Surprising Benefits of Massage

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