By Michelle Key
As a way of saying thank you to our local veterans, Better Bodies Massage Institute is offering free chair massages for veterans on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their offices located at 205 N. 7th St. in Opelika.
According to founder and owner of the school Leanne Clark, massage has been shown to be beneficial to veterans and members of the armed forces who return to the United States with physical limitations.
Massage can help to ease pain, prepare muscles for extra stress and pressure and reduce the effect of physical wounds. However massage can also help to heal the mental scars and burdens that many veterans return with.
Nearly 30% of returning veterans are reported to have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and this can have a devastating effect on their lives.
Many people can suffer with undiagnosed PTSD for many years without realizing, and it is a condition that may affect many more veterans than the official statistics suggest. Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include suffering from bad dreams, having fearful thoughts and flashbacks, Returning soldiers with PTSD often struggle to maintain regular employment or to fit back into their previously happy family lives.
However, massage can help to ease the emotional pain of PTSD and help its veteran suffers to reconnect with the world in a meaningful way.
For more information call 334-737-1400 or visit www.betterbodiesal.com