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Understanding Dysphagia /
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Caregivers know the importance of
caring for others yet sometimes they forget how
important it is to care for themselves. A caregiver
can become so focused on their role that they are
unaware of what is happening to their own body and
how stress is affecting them. Massage can be a
wonderful way for caregivers to deal with the
demands associated with caring for a loved one and
it is especially important for replenishing the
energy that is expended on helping others.
Studies have shown
that when stress is not relieved, it can manifest
itself into illness and disease. Setting aside time
for massage on a regular basis can improve a
caregiver’s overall health status, increase energy,
improve attitude and decrease stress. Many
caregivers that have experienced a soothing massage
have reported that they actually felt the tension
melt away and felt reconnected to their own sense of
self. Receiving a nurturing massage can remind
caregivers what it means to be cared for and it
upholds the value of what they give to others.
Allowing themselves to be “cared for” now and then
is valuable and necessary to their own survival.
Opening up to positive touch and support reflects
their own joy of giving and reminds them why they
are steadfast in their role as a caregiver.
Massage restores a sense of wholeness for caregivers
that may not have been felt for some time. It is a
perfect potion for good health and it enhances a
positive “mind-body-spirit” connection. By producing
a meditative state, massage can provide emotional
and spiritual balance and it allows for true
relaxation and peace.
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