Adding a stress relief massage on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis can help you deal with the pressures of life. and make a huge difference in your outlook and the way you deal with others.
Goodness, isn't life stressful sometimes?
Stress is part of our lives and it can cause neck pain, back pain, anxiety, depression and sickness. However, massage therapy can help relieve that tension and provide peace, calmness and a sense of well-being.
Stressful situations, either continuous or occasional, can dramatically effect our immune system.
As we experience these situations, Cortisol, a major steroid hormone, is produced at a rapid rate. This, in turn, suppresses the immune system and encourages it to stop fighting...and it does. It is during this time that disease, bacteria or virus can begin in our bodies.
Because some chronically stressful things in life cannot be changed, we must learn how to relax our bodies and minds. Alternative medicine or supplements, breathing exercises, relaxing types of massage therapy, yoga, physical activities, and meditation are great ways to reduce tension.
Muscle tightness can sometimes make the tension worse. Most people don't even realize they are carrying so much tension in their muscles until they receive a massage.
Symptoms might include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, TMJ, headaches, pain and tightness in muscles and changes in weight.
Relaxation massage helps to lower heart rate, decrease anxiety, blood pressure, and hormone levels which can increase one's ability to cope with everyday life issues.
In a stress relief massage, you should use a lotion or oil which helps to glide hands smoothly across the skin. Peaceful surroundings like slow, soft music will help promote the effectiveness of massage therapy. You might also relaxing essential oils.
While spas are popular, basic massage can be easily done at home. You can provide massage for tight muscles in neck, arms, legs, back, and shoulders. For video instructions on how to perform a massage, please visit my page on full body massage.
Reduction of pain and tension after receiving massage can last for several days, depending on the individual and circumstances.
This is another essential oil, Stress Away, promotes safe release of anxiety, stress, tension, and provides stress relief with true relaxation. It is perfect for massage therapy, home use or for a professional aromatherapist.
Natural Health & Beauty is a website that is full of information on natural tension relief therapy, alternative medicine, women's health, spas and healthy eating. You can learn more about how natural therapies, massage included, can make a difference in your quality of life.