Do any of these sound familiar:
- Do you feel nervous or irritable?
- Are you experiencing back, shoulder and neck pain from sitting?
- Are you unable to relax?
- Are you having trouble sleeping?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating?
If so, you’re not alone. With 44% of Americans reporting symptoms of chronic stress, the American Psychological Association says stress is ‘a public health crisis.’
What May be Causing Your Stress and Tension?
Working long hours, trying to meet targets, with no time to relax can create stress. At the end of the day it’s hard to unwind and you carry yesterday’s stress into today and forward to tomorrow. It can cause physical health problems from sitting for long periods too, with emotional and physical stress feeding into each other.
Breaking that cycle on your own can be difficult, but therapeutic massage can help by triggering the body to turn off the stressed, fight-or-flight part of the nervous system and move to ‘recovery mode.’
Our relationships are a vital part of our lives, but they can also be a source of worry and stress. Seeing a massage therapist can help you go back into your relationship calm and relaxed, improving your relationship and your mood long-term.
Worrying about your health or the health of someone in your family can make you stressed. Stress can weaken your immune system, make you more vulnerable to heart problems and make chronic pain worse, as well as triggering anxiety and insomnia. Seeing a massage therapist can reduce that stress and make a positive impact on your health.
What Does Stress Mean?
Stress is both mental and physical. When you’re stressed, your heart rate is higher, your body feels tenser – you’re ready for ‘fight or flight.’ But when you stay that way for weeks, months or even years, you wear out your body as well as your mind. When that happens, you need some help to move from ‘ready’ mode to ‘recovery’ mode.
The Solution to Your Stress and Tension
Study after study shows that massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. People who receive massage treatments for stress don’t just report feeling better: levels of stress markers in their blood fall, their blood pressure goes down and brain images confirm it: massage is an effective treatment for stress.