Don’t fight with stress. Defeat it
Recent research uncovered that approximately ten million Australians feel stressed very often and another 5 million experience stress on everyday basis. That’s a huge number!
The good news is that massage can be a powerful treatment to help relieve this stress. The benefits of a massage are extraordinary, from relaxing muscle pains to relieving anxiety.
So how exactly can massage relieve stress?
Massage not only provides physical benefits, but also psychological benefits as it gives people time to refocus, relax and rejuvenate.
Massage triggers relaxation response. Every individual reacts to stress differently. While some may not sleep, others may suffer from skin issues or radical changes in their eating habits. Most of the time, the different responses can all be described as the “fight or flight” response — our body’s physical reaction to stress. In addition to an increasing heart rate, raising the rate of breathing and elevating muscular tension, stress can also elevate the individual’s feeling of anxiety.
Massage can help this by encouraging deep relaxation. Different techniques can help alleviate tension in the body, which in turn alleviates stress in your mind. The atmosphere of the massage also helps, as it’s usually practiced in a quiet and dimly lit room with soothing music softly playing in the background. All of these touches are designed to help the patient switch off from their everyday lives and unwind.
A direct response of the body to stress is among other muscle tension which can easily lead to headaches, joint pain, chronic back and neck pain. It isn’t uncommon that this pain also leads to bad posture as the patient manipulates their body to alleviate the pain at hand.
Massage helps you reduce the direct consequences but more importantly a regular massage session reduces the risk of stress or panic and anxiety attacks. It is crucial to let yourself relax especially during these times. Which might be hard for some people especially if they don’t just know how. That is why some studios offer also a very exclusive offer of a small training sessions during which they show you how to get rid of stress yourself permanently and teach you how to prevent stressful situations. There are also a few tricks and tips for a rapid stress relief when you just don’t have that 20 minutes to meditate but need to get rid of stress immediately. Believe it or not, there is a way how to do that too.
Do you have problems with sleep? Even for these issues a regular massage is an answer. But only after the first session you will feel an improvement. The longer the better as the proper effect have the massages 2 hours and more. As massage promotes relaxation, it helps encourage a better sleep state. And while it can help those struggling to actually fall asleep, it can also help promote a better sleep. Sleep and stress relief can particularly be aided by aromatherapy massage as essential oils encourage restful sleep.
Massage also helps in serotonin production which is the precursor to the body producing melatonin. This helps the brain to prepare a person for sleep. By helping the body to produce serotonin, massage helps improve the likelihood of falling asleep and staying asleep.
The human touch of a massage brings therapeutic relief to mental health burdened by stress.
In fact, a US study found that following a massage, patients who were depressed and anxious saw a reduction in stress levels and came away from their massage in a much more relaxed and happy state. In another study, following a 45-minute Swedish massage, volunteers experienced a significant reduction in cortisol levels, otherwise known as the stress hormone. It has also been proven that people that hug at least three times a day experience much less stress and tend to be more “chilled out”. It seems that just the touch of another person itself is healing already. When this is a nurturing touch, that’s even better. And when this is during a beautiful massage and in nice environment….