Massage therapy and stress relief

September 18, 2016

Virtually every symptom listed by the American Psychological Association can benefit from massage.

Research has shown that it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical. Stress is universal when there is never any relief from stress the response can cause problems. Constant stress becomes “distress”. Distress can lead to physical symptoms.

  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • high blood pressure
  • chest pain
  • sleep deprivation
  • disease

Behaviour changes

  • Angry outbursts
  • Drugs or alcohol abuse
  • Over or under eating
  • Social withdrawal

Mood Changes

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or anger
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Restlessness
  • Depression

Body Changes

  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Stomach upset
  • sex drive
  • fatigue

Serotonin and dopamine are also released through massage and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual as well as acute or short term stress much easier to overcome. Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. Studies have shown that even 1 hour session can significantly lower your heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels all of which explain why massage therapy and stress relief are beneficial. Looking after your body should be your first priority. Surfcoast massage can help you destress and manage a program to address your needs. Call Lisa at Surfcoast massage located in Torquay and Jan Juc and arrange your next appointment or speak to Lisa  on 0438668878 to discuss the best options and your needs.