Stress is a major component to a number of mental and physical health issues. Stress can manifest itself in different ways for different people and can arise out of a number of life events.
Your physical and emotional health are not discrete entities. Mind and body affect and feed on one another, and stress strongly affects your overall physical wellness. Long-term stress can bring about significant changes in your body, and even extreme, short-term stress can temporarily decrease overall health. In a fast-paced, high-stress world, it’s vital to develop coping skills so that you can avoid the serious health impacts of chronic stress.
We all experience stress in our lives, it’s normal. The trick is learning how to manage it. Sometimes stress levels can increase to the point where it negatively affects our lives. When we feel threatened (stressed) our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is stimulated. If the threat or stress is removed after a short time there’s no problem. But continued stress moves the body out of balance. Stress can build up in our bodies much like snow accumulating on a mountain. Sometimes it just takes a little thing to set off an avalanche.
While not everyone has the same reaction to stress, elevated levels of stress generally translate into an inability to function at your peak, resulting in poorer grades. Numerous scientific studies have shown massage therapy to be highly effective in reducing stress levels as well as having a host of other very impressive health benefits.
There are many ways to relieve stress and it’s important to learn what works for you. For many, a stress reducing massage therapy session is an excellent tool for coping. By using a variety of hands-on techniques, a skilled massage therapist can help reduce stress by affecting the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and repose). Massage can help you relax, get back into balance, step back, and get refreshed and energized so you can go back to productive work.
Allowing yourself the opportunity to relax is key to keeping those stress and anxiety levels under control. To most of us, the epitome of relaxation includes a day at the spa.
Spa treatments and massage therapies, which are quick and relatively affordable, create both mental and physical health benefits. In fact, studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep, fewer sick days, reduced absenteeism from work and fewer hospitalizations.
People use massages for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.
Throughout the process of massage therapy, lymph flow stimulation enhances the immune system. Proper lymph flow, the body’s defense, draws out metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, and bacteria from the muscles. In turn, swelling and soreness decreases while ability to fight off disease increases. Massage also improves circulation and posture.
Facials detoxify the skin from built up waste and bacteria. This is important because the skin is not only the largest organ in the body, but also the first line of defense against environmental toxins. Facials also release stress tension from the head and neck, which can prevent headaches.
As an additional stress reliever, we make the effort to use products that increase the physical and mental benefits of your particular service or treatment. In other words, lotions, scrubs, wraps, etc. come in soothing scents like lavender, and aloe.
- Get active. Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself.
- Laugh more.
- Connect with others.