Q&A with Licensed Massage Therapist, Wendy Norman

The heart health benefits of massage therapy  

massage therapyIn addition to being a Medical Assistant at First Coast Cardiovascular, Wendy is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). With over two decades of experience in the medical field, Wendy decided to become an LMT to learn healing techniques that would benefit the mind, body and soul. She encourages incorporating massage therapy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Who should consider receiving massage therapy?
Everybody – we are all busy and under so much stress. In the world we live in today where it is always go-go, we don’t take enough time to relax. When we relax, our bodies heal.

What are the heart health benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy aids in reducing the risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Massage therapy has been found to lower blood pressure, especially in patients with hypertension. It also probably isn’t a surprise to learn it reduces stress levels. It calms the body, reducing muscle tension and anxiety.

What massage techniques are best for optimal heart health?
I recommend a Thai massage. A Thai massage is a healing technique involving stretching, soft pressure and energy work. This type of massage increases flexibility and relieves tension. I also suggest a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage goes down to the deepest layers of muscle tissue to release muscle tension.

How often should someone get a massage?
First of all, if you’ve never had a massage, go and experience one. After knowing the benefits of it, decide how you want to make it part of your wellness plan. Experience a massage at least once a month but ideally, every other week. We’re all stressed out. It helps you get away and just relax. If you have a preexisting condition, check with your physician before starting massage therapy.

Do you have any “success stories” where someone benefited from massage therapy immensely?
The first one that comes to mind is a client of mine who is a nurse. She stands on her feet 10-12 hours a day. She comes to me every other week to get a deep tissue massage. It allows her to be able to do her job more efficiently so that she’s not in pain. She’s taken medications in the past but nothing helps her the way massage therapy does.

To schedule an appointment with Wendy, call us at 904.554.5547!

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