act on the central and peripheral nervous systems to reduce pain and leave most people in a relaxed state. The physical and mental benefits of massage include relieving muscle soreness, easing chronic pain, reducing tension headaches, boosting the immune system, promoting restful sleep, and improving concentration. It has a  positive effect on the body's circulatory, nervous, and immune systems. By encouraging blood flow through the veins, massage benefits the entire body. In addition, the calming effects of massage on the nervous system often produce a sense of serenity and well-being. Regular massage also stimulates the lymphatic system, which enhances the function of the immune system.

For those of you who are uncomfortable with the idea of getting a massage, You may want to consider a treatment known as Bowen. For a Bowen treatment you just need to wear loose comfortable clothing. Natural or cotton clothing is preferred.  It is a gentle and unique system of body work that is delivered through gentle moves that are made over the muscles and connective tissue of the body, it brings balance to the body by resetting the autonomic nervous system, which controls 80% of our bodily functions. It improves circulation, lymphatic drainage, joint mobility, posture, tissue integrity, nutrient assimilation, toxin elimination, and it relaxes the whole body promoting healing. Of course, you do not need to be sick or in pain to reap the benefits of massage and Bowen.

If you are one of the many caretakers who visit our center with your loved ones, you may want to consider taking advantage of this time to receive a massage or Bowen session for yourself. It is good for both your physical and mental well being, leaving you better equipped to handle the ups and downs of life.

                                     Maggie Borowiak C.M.T.