Your stress could be caused by the death of a loved one, getting married, divorce or moving to a new home. Other reasons may be the loss of a job, financial obligations or illness.
When your body is stressed your muscles tense up. It is the body’s reflex reaction to stress, guarding itself against injury and pain. Sudden onset stress causes muscles to tense up all at once causing severe discomfort. This may result in depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, chronic illnesses and extremely sore muscles.
Unchecked stress symptoms can affect your body, feelings and your behavior. Stress that’s left uncurbed can also contribute to health problems, such as arthritis, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Research has shown that massage can reduce your heart rate, lower blood pressure and relax your muscles. Massage increases the production of endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical. When thinking of massage therapy, stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind.
Massage therapy also improves circulation, helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and removes waste products from your body. For general health and stress relief, relaxation massages are recommended 1-2 times a month for people under stress.