Stress ....
and the Benefits of Massage Therapy!

Everybody has stress, and we all choose how we deal with it!

It can be caused by work, family issues, health issues or just a natural part of your genetic make-up.

Learning to manage your life means taking charge of the situation, and being pro-active in finding a solution to lower your anxiety. This means controlling feelings, ideas, thoughts and a demanding schedule.

Recognizing the source of your worry problems is the first step in dealing with these issues. But, that is sometimes the hardest part.

For instance, it may not be the worry of a lack of money, which often causes anxiety issues, but the lack of a job that makes better money and provides better security for your family.

Then maybe, perhaps, you are too scared to go back to school to get a better education to make better money.

This is one of the massage videos that talks about how worry can effect our bodies:

What stress does to our bodies

1) Causes Sleep Disorders - insomnia can be caused by stress, depression, sickness and illness

2) Causes Muscle Tension and Spasms - over time, uncontrollable muscle spasms can lead to insufficient muscle control

3) Causes Chronic Neck Pain - which causes headaches and back muscle pain

4) Causes Sickness and Disease - Physicians continue to insist that tension is related to cancer and other serious illness

Many times folks choose unhealthy ways to manage the stressful situations. Things like:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Sleeping all the time
  • Overeating

No matter what the cause is for you, you should find ways to relieve your worry... naturally, if possible.

Natural relief of worry can happen with:

  • Exercise
  • Massage therapy
  • Warn herbal tea
  • Reading
  • Aromatherapy products like essential oils and candles

Things to help avoid anxiety:

  • Learning to say "no"
  • Back away from conversations that may have topics that will cause you to be angry or upset...walk away!
  • If you are anxious at night, turn off the TV and read, or enjoy relaxing music
  • Avoid people who cause worry/anxiety.

How Massage Therapy can Help 

  • Learn to talk and let your feelings out .... even if you have to talk to your massage therapist. He/She is by no means a trained counselor, and should not be giving you any kind of advice, but at least you can vent...and maybe even relax a little.
  • Massage allows you to have time just for you. This means, you do not have to be in control, because someone else is taking charge. Your therapist's time and attention is solely on you and your healing.
  • Massage gives you a time to let go. Between the aromatherapy in the room, the relaxing music that plays, and the gentle touch of the therapist hands, you begin to let go...even before the therapist enters the room.
  • Releasing the tension held within muscles is also a way that massage helps you release tension, because muscles are usually where we hold it.

This DVD, Therapeutic Massage at Home is a great tool to have at home for relief. It helps to ease neck and shoulder tension, as well as help headaches that often come with tight muscles in these areas.

Invest in products and tools like this to help end the pain of tight, tension-filled muscles. Learn massage at home or find a therapist and discover about the wonderful benefits of regular massage therapy for your health as well, and enjoy the stress relief that it can bring to your life!

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