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Make Massage a Part of Your Personal Health Plan with Michigan Massage Professionals

By Marina Jokic

Regular massage has been proven to bring lasting health benefits such as better quality of sleep, higher levels of energy, and improved circulation. Owner of Michigan Massage Professionals Barbara McConnell has been practicing massage for some time, and has seen first-hand the mental, physical, and emotional advantages it brings to her clients.

Michigan Massage has a variety of options ranging from restorative Swedish massage to more tension-relieving deep tissue massage. Aromatherapy and reiki are also popular treatments and a great complement to the core massage work.

"I believe that massage therapy provides a number of health and wellness-related benefits delivered in a natural, safe, [and] non-invasive manner," she said.

After spending more than 20 years of working in a sedentary, office job, McConnell saw first-hand the deleterious effects of stress and inadequate movement. She was determined to find a way to help her clients.

McConnell is excited about the scientific studies that show the measurable advantages of regular massage. For instance, massage increases serotonin, which in turn boosts melatonin needed by our bodies to control the wake and sleep cycle. As we all know, a poor sleeping schedule can give rise to a variety of health problems if left untended for a significant period of time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, insufficient sleep has been directly associated with a slew of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health. What is more, a lack of sleep is not only linked with the onset of these serious health conditions, but also bears implications for their management and outcome. McConnell's goal is to alleviate, or if possible, cure insomnia through regular massage treatment. Many of her clients have shown considerable improvements.

"Experts estimate that upwards of 90 percent of disease is stress-related," McConnell said. "And perhaps, nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress."

Massage therapy can remedy the short and long-term effects of stress if administered regularly. It can decrease anxiety, boost energy, and reduce chronic fatigue. McConnell is an expert in various modalities of massage that are tailored to address different physical restrictions and the emotional stresses that people often suffer from.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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