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News • 24 September 2019

Alleviating stress with massage

Stress is universal, and it’s not always bad. The adrenaline and cortisol released from stress boosts your heart rate and blood sugar, while diverting energy away from your digestive system and immune responses. These are prehistoric reactions that were an essential part of human survival. When these symptoms are experienced intermittently the adverse health impact is minimal, however when there’s never any relief from stress, the sustained response can bring on or worsen mood, behavioural and body changes. This may result in physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, insomnia, anger and depression which can lead to drug and alcohol abuse among other things.
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Nothing ages us faster (internally and externally) than high levels of stress. An increased production of endorphins which occurs during a massage can help manage stress and the related symptoms. The result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic, habitual or even acute short-term stress much easier to overcome. Regular massages are recommended over occasional massages to help alleviate and manage stress levels consistently.

During a massage, the body can enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery state by decreasing the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline. The therapy actually triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress, mental alertness and improved mood. Regular appointments with your therapist will allow them to build on those lasting results each time.

Not only can massage therapy be used to help alleviate stress but it has always been a cornerstone of treatment for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, post-operative recovery and sports injuries. Other benefits include better posture and improved breathing which can assist with stress, anxiety and respiratory issues.

Add massage therapy to your health and wellness regimen by booking an appointment with one of our experienced therapists here.

24 September 2019