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Stress in Your Life? Try Massage!

Stress is something we all experience but its important to understand that all stress is not bad stress.

What we call good stress is also referred to as “eustress” and is the type of stress we feel when we are excited. Our pulse might speed up, our hormones might change but there is no threat or fear present. We might feel this kind of stress when we ride on a roller coaster or go on a first date.

Another type of stress is acute stress which again is not necessarily bad. It comes from quick surprises requiring us to respond. This type of stress is not always pleasant but it doesn’t have a huge effect on our well being if we can help ourselves to relax immediately.

The kind of stress that can cause problems is chronic or long term stress. This is the type of stress that is constant, stress that is always there and that you cannot escape from. Chronic or long term stress is the type of stress that will take a toll both our physical and mental health.

There has been a ton of research that indicates chronic or long term stress can actually bring about or make worse certain symptoms and diseases.  Some symptoms of chronic stress are:

BEHAVIOR CHANGES

  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Over- or under-eating
  • Social withdrawal
  • Tobacco use

MOOD CHANGES

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or anger
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness or depression

BODY CHANGES

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Sex drive
  • Sleep
  • Stomach upset

Using Massage therapy as a way of reducing chronic stress

We all know that self care is critical to prevent stress from becoming chronic and if you have ever experienced a good massage then you will know that it is not only relaxing for the body but relaxing for the mind. Research shows that massage can actually lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax muscles and increase the production of  endorphins which make you “feel good”.

Serotonin and dopamine are also reportedly released through massage, and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or long term as well as acute or short-term stress much easier to deal with.

Stress relief is one of the major benefits of regular massage and one of the key components along with exercise and diet that will help one to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Self Care should be everyone’s priority and yet it is the first thing we tend to put aside when we are stressed. We need to understand that when we forget to take care of ourselves feelings of stress will only be worse.  Adding proper diet, exercise and a good therapeutic massage to your routine will without a doubt make you feel better both now and in the future.

Why not begin caring for yourself now. If you are looking for a Pain relieving, stress-relieving massage, Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage has many options which will be customized to what your needs are.

Reach out to us to discuss your massage therapy needs.

 

 

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