Our daily lives are filled with stress: it could be moving to a new home, the death of a loved one, getting married or divorced. Or it could be the loss of a job, financial obligations or illness. These are but a few triggers for stress.
When you are stressed, your muscles tense up to guard against injury and pain. This can cause severe discomfort often resulting in depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and very sore muscles. Uncurbed stress can also lead to chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Research shows that massage therapy can reduce your heart rate, lower blood pressure and relax your muscles. It improves circulation, delivers oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and removes waste products from your body.
Massage therapy releases endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical and relieves the tension. With massage therapy, stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind. For general health and stress relief, relaxation massages are recommended 1 to 2 times a month.