EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week!


Pretty woman getting massage of shoulderHave you ever experience a professional massage? If not, why not pencil in some “me” time, and schedule a professional massage? July 13th-19th, 2014 is officially EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing professional massage. Every year, Massage Therapists and Body-workers nationwide, lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage and body work.

Arizona College will be observing EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week at our Glendale Campus with Chair Massage, Raffles and more. Contact Ms. Munoz, Massage Therapy Program Director for more information at: smunoz@azcollegeold.local. Are you in need of a massage?  Arizona College offers massages in our Massage Clinic, Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 2:30p and 3:45p at a rate of $15 for Arizona College students and $20 for the general public.

With our busy schedules these days, it is sometimes difficult to find time to relax and unwind. We rarely are completely unplugged from the outside world; especially with technology being our life-line to work emails, phone calls and social media accounts. That is one reason why Massage Therapy and the health benefits it offers, is so important, especially to working individuals who manage stress on a daily basis.

We all know that Massage Therapy helps reduce stress and tension, but some additional health benefits based on research complied by the American Massage Therapy Association include:

  • Relief from chronic low back pain: Everyone at some point in their life experiences low back pain. Chronic low back pain refers to pain that lasts 3 months or longer. If one experiences a 1-hour Swedish Massage, once per week, for 10 weeks duration, those individuals had significantly less pain and reduced the need for conventional medicine such as over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Reduce anxiety: After a massage, the level of stress hormone Cortisol was decreased by 50%. The neurotransmitters Serotonin and Dopamine levels, which are responsible for decreasing depression, actually increased! This is why Massage Therapy is often used as additional supplement for people who are being treated for anxiety disorders and to calm patient’s before and after surgery.
  • Reduce blood pressure: Blood pressure often increases as a result from unmanaged tension, stress and pain. With a relaxing Swedish or Aromatherapy massage, one’s body and mind can be relaxed, resulting in potential reduction of blood pressure. Pain can also increase blood pressure; if you decrease pain via massage, blood pressure will decrease.
  • Boost immunity: Massage has been shown to boost immunity by improving the function of the lymphatic system, which flushes toxins out of the body. It also has been shown to increase the activity levels of T-cells, which fight off viruses and tumors.

If you want to make a difference in someone’s life and make a change in your future, Contact Arizona College today to learn more about a career as a Massage Therapist, and our Massage Therapy Program offered at our Glendale and Mesa campuses.

Information in this blog post is accurate as of July 7, 2014.