Stress is a universal feeling—I think we’ve all felt stressed now and again. Stress holds a lot of negative connotations, but it is important to realize that stress isn’t always a bad thing.
It’s deeply ingrained in our bodies to either fight or flee during meaningful situations, which could be anything from an important meeting to potential danger. Your body sends adrenaline to boost your heart rate, and cortisol to boost your blood sugar, while diverting energy away from your digestive system and immune responses. Which in some situations, could be seen as a positive!
The problem is when there is never any relief from stress. Constant stress can wreak havoc on both our bodies and our minds. Constant stress can come from our jobs, financial issues, relationships, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and health, or even from the media.
When stress becomes a constant, is actually becomes distress, which can lead to physical symptoms, including:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Problems sleeping
The important thing is finding moments where you can relax and give your body a break, whether that means going for a walk, reading a good book, or scheduling a massage.
Massage for Stress Relief
Massage therapy is a proven way for stress sufferers to find relief. Research has shown that it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles, and increase production of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine—which are all good chemicals your body needs to promote a relaxed state of mind and body. They help you feel happier and sleep better at night.
Receiving a full body massage is also one of the safest types of complementary medicine and physical therapy. It positively affects the connective tissues, muscles, skin, cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system, nervous system, respiratory system, and endocrine system by creating a reflexive response in the body.
Massage is beneficial for a lot of reasons, but a big takeaway is that you have to schedule it! Don’t think of that as another thing to do, but more as forcing yourself to take time for you. Daily life can get so busy and chaotic, it is so important that you make time for yourself and scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist is just one way you can guarantee that time is set in stone, without any interruptions.
Massage for Relaxation
Massage therapy not only helps your body feel better and heal faster, but it also helps your mind too. The release of good chemicals is part of that, but it’s also about the environment and taking the time to step away from the day-to-day.
It can help you relax an overactive mind, putting you in almost a meditative state. The space is clean, cozy, and warm, and your mind has a positive reaction to the environment. There’s also the aromatherapy, blends of smells created specifically to calm and soothe, and even the potential to reduce depression and inflammation.
Then, there’s the addition of human touch. While massage physically works on your body to heal, there is an additional element to touch that is mental. Think of a long hug or a hand on your shoulder during a difficult time—touch has the power to mentally comfort and soothe our minds when we need it most.
Massage Therapy from Chante Massage
When both your body and your mind are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and tired, it’s time to take some time for yourself and schedule a massage. Feel the relief and relaxation instantly and say goodbye to stress overtaking your life.