Receiving regular therapeutic massage can have many wonderful benefits for both body and mind. Massage helps to calm the nervous system, support the immune system, and promote healing in the musculoskeletal system. Massage therapy has been shown to improve one’s sense of well being and quality of life, relieve stress, enhance sleep, reduce pain, increase mobility, enhance athletic performance, alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and much more!
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
"MLD" is a very gentle, but highly effective form of body work that aims to boost the function of your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing excess fluid from the tissues and responding to foreign cells in the body, among other things. It is also very calming to the nervous system. Through these mechanisms, Manual Lymphatic Drainage supports your immune system and overall wellness.
Yoga also calms the nervous system, as well as sharpens the mind and fortifies the body. Perhaps the simplest definition of Yoga is the uniting of our body with our breath. Or we could say the the uniting of our earthly and sacred selves.
The Kripalu Center notes these 4 key components, taken from 3 ancient Yogic texts:
1. Skillfulness in action -acting dynamically in ways that produce positive life results. (Bhagavad Gita)
2. Equanimity and equilibrium - sustaining evenness of mind while confronting inner limitations and outer challenges. (Bhagavad Gita)
3. Cessations of the fluctuations of the mind - seeing life and reality as it is, without the filters of fears, fantasies, or other distortions. (Yoga Sutra)
4. Freedom - the bliss experienced when one steps into one’s natural rhythm of being. (Yoga Bhashya)