One of my favorite things about running this blog has been discovering new businesses in our area — many of which are owned and run by incredible Smyrna parents. Koru Massage Therapy is one of those businesses and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about this local-parent-owned and Vinings-based massage & wellness studio with you. They promote a holistic approach to wellness, with a special focus on pre and post natal mothers, though their services extend beyond that. Whether you seek relaxation, pain and stress relief, or medical massage, Koru Massage Therapy has services for you. They specialize in wellness care through the many massage modalities and offer:
- Massage Therapy: Swedish/Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pre/Postnatal Massage, Cancer/Oncology Massage, Abdominal Massage, Myofascial Release, Hot Stone Massage, and Couples Massage
- Wellness Coaching
- Hypnobabies Birthing Classes
- Doula Services
When we started talking with Koru, they had this to share with the Smyrna Parent readers about the correlation between massage and….happiness! And who can’t use a little more happy?
We all love massages… They’re wonderful for relieving muscle pain, improving circulation, and decreasing stress, but did you know that massages can make you happy? Not just because it feels amazing, but massage therapy actually helps to regulate hormones and it supports the release of chemicals in the body that promote happiness!
Massage therapy increases the body’s circulation, which triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are brain chemicals called neurotransmitters that send signals throughout the nervous system. They have been known to reduce feelings of pain and stress.
Along with endorphins, massage has also been proven to increase the levels of the hormones, dopamine and serotonin. When these hormones are at low levels, we are at an increased risk for depression. On top of that, stress hormones, such as cortical and norepinephrine, are reduced during massage.
When combined with regular exercise, a healthy diet, and plenty of sunshine, massage therapy can play such a large role in supporting your healthy and happy lifestyle. They say you can’t buy happiness… but you can buy a massage. When you look at the facts, isn’t that kind of the same thing?
To share the happiness with Smyrna Parent readers, they are giving away one free 30 minute massage just in time for Mother’s Day! Enter yourself and then get your husband or partner to enter to increase your odds of winning! (Value: $50. Winner will have the option of buying an extension to a 60 or 90 minute massage. Winner will be selected Thursday, May 8.)
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