The benefits of massage are endless. From increased blood flow to decreasing pain and blood pressure, massage therapy is a very important practice. It's role in reducing stress is also paramount. A recent study published in the March 3 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that anger and stress can actually trigger heartbeat irregularities in the hearts of those with heart disease. This is one of the first studies that have proved that negative emotions are bad for your heart.
The researchers are now testing if behavioral and stress-reduction programs can help decrease these arrhythmias. The article cites exercise and meditation as the main ways to reducing stress, but I'd like to add one: massage. Don't forget massage therapy!
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