Is massage really a healing touch? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). A massage can make your immune system stronger, so you’re more able to fight off colds and flu. Researchers report that people who undergo massage experience measureable changes in their body’s immune system. Psychiatrist Mark Rapaport says, "Massage is popular in America, with almost 9% percent of adults receiving at least one massage within the past year.
…still work today – Wish you could go to a luxurious spa and have a massage, but don’t have the time or money? You can give YOURSELF a massage! And if you’re having trouble sleeping, practicing tai chi chih, the Westernized version of a 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art, works better than sleeping pills.
Based on medical traditions more than 2,000 years old, Chinese self-massage techniques can help release tension and reduce anxiety?without the cost of visiting a professional therapist. Called Dao yin (DOW-in), these techniques are part of a larger branch of Chinese medicine called qi gong (che-kung), meaning “energy work,” which aims to maintain and restore balance and harmony of the body’s various parts.