Battling Stress With Massage Therapy
If you can find one person in the San Francisco Bay Area that isn't
battling stress on a regular basis, I would be surprised. Prolonged
periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the
body. Stress has been shown to aggravate, or even cause, such problems
as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss and decreased
it doesn’t just contribute to physical ailments. Stress can sap joy
from your life, cause seemingly inexplicable fatigue, and leave you less
able to enjoy your relationships and leisure activities.
Loved ones can become unfortunate victims of stress in your life. You
will find yourself less patient and less able to mentally engage with
the people you care about.
Massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. We know this is
true on an intuitive level. If even the untrained hands of a friend or
partner can soothe aches and pains, and diminish anxiety, then imagine
the effect of a therapeutic massage by a trained practitioner. Even the
rituals of massage come as a welcome break from our hurried lives:
dimmed lights, soothing music, the pleasant fragrance of a mild oil or
candle - even without massage, these might help you relax. But coupled
with the right massage techniques, you’ll actually feel the stress
leaving your body.
Massage boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised
from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in the muscles,
causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues.
Manipulation of the soft tissue decreases muscular tension, increases
removal of metabolic waste and promotes nutrient delivery to healing
tissue. Knots in your muscles can inhibit your ability to perform
regular, daily tasks. As other parts of your body try to compensate for
the ache of a tight muscle, they also start to become tight and
uncomfortable. Before long, an injury that began in your neck can trace
to your shoulder, down your arm and into your wrist. The reaction chain
can take innumerable forms, but none of them are pleasant.
In short, with a therapeutic massage, stress can be significantly
reduced. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your outlook on
life, and in the process boost your immune system function. Coupled with
modest changes in nutrition and activity levels, massage can be the
start of a profound change for the better in your health and well-being.