When you are stressed, your body goes into fight or flight mode. Your heart rate & breathing increases, and your adrenal & sweat glands go into overdrive.
While these are normal reactions for your body to have for short periods of time, remaining in this state for too long places enormous strain on your mind & body. It can have damaging effects on your immune system and lead you to stress related illness.
So how do you come out of this state and calm your body? When we are looking after ourselves and have a good self care or stress management routine, we allow our bodies to relax and unwind, which slows our heart rate, decreased blood pressure & promotes energy storage, among other things.
Life has so much pressures and expectations of us these days that it is harder and harder to naturally relax enough for our bodies to get into the relaxed state. This is where our self-care routine is critical to our mental, physical and emotion well-being.
Massage therapy is a relaxing massage treatment where we focus on a specific problem, like neck & shoulder pain or general maintenance to help with and keep on top of stress.
Benefits of massage include helping you sleep better, increase concentration levels, reduce muscle tension, improve mental alertness, relieve sore muscles after physical exercise, improve your mood, relieve tension headaches and ease anxiety.
Massage has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This improves your overall feeling of wellbeing and can reduce blood pressure.
Massage can also increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin & dopamine which is great for people suffering from depression.