Susan Wright, 65, of Vandalia, and Carolyn Pfeifer, 61, of Tipp City, are longtime clients of the Samaritan Well-Being Center.
“I go to Pilates three times a week,” says Susan, “and I always feel better after a session. Pilates has made me stronger and more flexible. My concentration is better, too.”
Carolyn says she has a lot more energy than she used to, thanks to Pilates. “I’ve also noticed changes in my body,” Carolyn says. “My waist is slimmer and my stomach is flatter. Pilates has become a way of life for me.”
Kim Young, a licensed massage therapist at Samaritan Well-Being Center, explains that the total experience of massage therapy is designed to reduce stress—body, mind, and spirit. “Massage not only relaxes the muscles but also helps the body release toxins. That’s why we recommend drinking a lot of water after a massage—to help remove those toxins from the body,” Young says.
During massage, the client lies on a padded table, partially or fully undressed, and covered with a sheet. The therapist carefully moves the sheet during the massage to keep the client’s body covered. “In addition to reducing stress and relieving sore muscles, massage can also lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation and boost the immune system,” Young explains. “Research suggests that massage can signal the body to release natural pain killers called endorphins.”
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