Stress relief is the key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. As your body is able to find time for rest and recovery, it is resetting itself for the events that lie ahead. Massage moves blood through congested areas and allows fresh oxygenated blood to flow in, improving body function as a whole. As circulation is increased throughout the body, you can feel relief from anxiety and nervousness, and gain a new perspective of the conflicts or issues you are experiencing.
When the body and mind are under stress, it is common to experience constrictions in breathing patterns. It may feel as though “a weight is on your chest”, and be difficult for you to take a deep breath. Massage can aid in relieving respiratory issues and training your body to relax. Massage also alleviates physical tension held in the body, often as a result of feeling stressed.
The Consequences of Stress
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
De-Stress, Stay Healthy. Massage may boost immunity. Several studies have measured the stress hormone called cortisol in subjects’ saliva before and after massage sessions, and found dramatic decreases. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity, so when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness while under stress.
According AMTA, massage helps both physically and mentally.
|“Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine. I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process any time and anywhere.”
Joan Borysenko – Massage Journal Interview, Fall 1999
75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints
up to 80% of on-the-job accidents are stress-related
40% of job turnover is due to stress
- American Institute Of Stress
Workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days
- Bureau of Labor Statistics