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Massage for Stress Reduction!

Anxiety is now part of our daily lives. However, continuous exposure of our organism to high levels of stress can be harmful and dangerous to our health. The best way to combat and reduce anxiety is engaging in activities that relax us and make us feel happier.

Massage therapy is a proven method that helps combat stress and reduce its negative effects on the mind and body. It has been shown that even just 30 minutes of massage therapy can activate the body's natural happiness hormones and create a sense of relaxation.

Symptoms of stress.
Some of the most common symptoms found in people experiencing intense and continuous stress include:

- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling of heart palpitations
- Increased sweating
- Increased heart rate
- Tightness in the chest
- Headaches
- Insomnia
- Depression, anxiety, irritability

Under stressful conditions, your body works harder to maintain normal oxygen levels. Long-term risks include an increased risk of type B diabetes and digestive health problems. It can also weaken your immune system, making us more susceptible to illnesses, even reproductive issues, in both men and women.

The 5 ways massage reduces stress.
Massage can reduce anxiety and its related symptoms by lowering heart rate and calming the central nervous system. As a result, we will feel more relaxed, rejuvenated, and focused.

1. Serotonin release: Massage encourages the body to 'slow down,' bringing it from a state of intense anxiety to a more relaxed, calm state. The touch of the hand through massage is beneficial to our bodies, releasing the natural hormone of happiness and relaxation, serotonin.

2. Helps with muscle tension: When we are anxious, our bodies involuntarily tense up, causing tension in the muscles. With the help of massage therapy, muscles can return to a relaxed state, relieving chronic pain. Techniques such as trigger point therapy and stretching help relax muscle fibers. Patients may need more than one massage to treat muscle tension, but significant results can be noticed after just one session.

3. Reduces blood pressure: Massage has been shown to improve blood circulation, which in turn helps reduce blood pressure. Studies have shown that both relaxing massage and aromatherapy massage, both focusing exclusively on relaxation, effectively reduce blood pressure and heart rate. 

4. Improves sleep: Massage can directly affect the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Direct pressure and manipulation of muscles in the neck, shoulders, back, and even legs trigger the production of melatonin while reducing cortisol - the stress hormone - which can affect sleep quality.  Facial and scalp massage also relaxes nerve endings and relieves the pressure that often accumulates in our heads, making it difficult for us to relax. 

5. Massage aids in mental health: Massage can promote our mental health by stimulating receptors, nerves, and hormones responsible for regulating mood. During a moderate-pressure massage, these receptors are activated, dopamine is released, bringing therapeutic relief and improved mood and well-being. Massage can be supplemented with hot stones or scented candles (we recommend trying Sea Breeze or Silk), which will help the body stay in this happy state for a longer period of time. 

So why stress?
A massage therapy session can be one of the best fighters against stress! Along with the relaxed atmosphere, discreetly scented spaces, and carefully selected music in our well-appointed stores, we guarantee that each treatment will have amazing results on your body, mind, and mood.

If you're also looking for ways to cope with stress and improve your daily life, call us today at 2310280180 and book your appointment at one of the 5 Massage Inn stores!

 

Massage for Stress Reduction!