Inspired by the viral video by Dr. Mike Evans entitled “23 1/2 Hours: What is the single best thing you can do for your health?” (we won’t spoil the answer for you) we have decided to share a few of our own favorite 30 minute activities to stay healthy: massage, acupuncture, Ayurveda, & private yoga!
It is true, that if you spend a small fraction of your day/week practicing self-care , your ability to prevent disease and emotional distress is greatly improved. Here are some quick findings from the Wall Street Journal on the importance of integrating regular bodywork and movement into your self-care routine:
- Children given 20-minute massages by their parents every night for five weeks plus standard asthma treatment had significantly improved lung function compared with those in standard care, a 2011 study of 60 children found. A 10-minute massage upped mitochondria production, and reduced proteins associated with inflammation in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion, a small study last month found.
- A 2010 study with 53 participants comparing the effects of one 45-minute Swedish massage to light touch, found that people who got a massage had a large decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that normally increases with stress and aggressive behavior, and slightly lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their blood after the session. There was also a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions.
- The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.
Taking time for things like bodywork and private yoga can at times feel luxurious. The truth is, these small gifts we give to ourselves drastically improve our overall health and wellbeing. The better we feel, the better we can give back to the world and those around us.
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