Stress! Whether we’re still adjusting to working from home, juggling too many deadlines, changing priorities, getting kids back into a school routine, or just overwhelmed with so much going on, we’ve all felt it. The problem isn’t the occasional stressful day; it’s daily stressors.
To remind ourselves about the importance of our mental health, let’s look at the effects of stress and ways for you to unwind.
Our smartphones are great, but they’ve led to overwork and constant contact with outside stressors, like Facebook and other social media. While we don’t think of stress as overly harmful, its effects can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Did you know that stress can cause:
- Sleep Problems
- Inability to focus
- And restlessness
Massage therapy is a proven way for stress sufferers to seek relief. It’s perhaps no surprise that the number of people seeking massage services has increased drastically as we ease out of lockdown.
But how does massage therapy actually relieve stress?
Massage for Stress Relief?
Massage therapy relieves stress through a number of ways, aside from the massage itself. Our stress relief comes from:
- The relaxing environment
- Taking a break from daily distractions
- And the healing hands of passionate practitioners
Generally, massage therapy environments are made to encourage relaxation. Low lighting paired with comforting quiet and soft music allows you to disconnect from the outside world, and your electronics, so you can unwind and truly focus on the present.
Some therapists may choose to offer aromatherapy and scented oils to heighten the senses during a massage treatment and focus on healing.
At Fitness Is My Life, we offer a range of pre-blended essential oils to help you relax. Utilizing a combination of ylang ylang and mandarin as active ingredients, our aromatherapy blend:
- Relaxes over-active minds
- Provides euphoric effects
- Restores inner balance
Then there’s the massage itself. Massage therapy has been shown to:
- Reduce your stress hormone levels by 30 percent
- And increase serotonin and dopamine levels by 28 and 21 percent
In tune with rebalancing your hormones, massage therapy releases muscle tension. When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten in response, and when the stress ends, your muscles generally relax. But if you’re constantly stressed, it’s likely your muscles will remain slightly, permanently tensed. If it continues, you may experience joint aches and pains, headaches and neck pains, unless it’s resolved.
Indulge yourself in experiencing our massage therapists’ skilled hands: tight and painful muscle groups, like the shoulders, are loosened and relaxed. Whether your massage therapist rubs, strokes, stretches, applies movement or pressure, our goal is to relax your tired muscles!
We all lead busy lives in an increasingly busy and stressful world. But it shouldn’t affect your physical or mental health. You’re too blessed to be stressed, stop suffering and start seeking relaxing solutions. Visit Fitness Is My Life, schedule your next soothing massage and let us melt your stress away.
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