It's Time To Refresh, Rejuvenate, Relax... And Get Healthy
- 6:30am, you've got to get the kids out the door, they can't be late
for school, again... Big meeting at work today, you've been up all night
doing prep work... Your whole body aches after spending hour after hour
in front of the computer... Stuck in traffic on 101... Who doesn't love
Bay Area traffic... An hour later, finally make it to work... Only a
few minutes late... Your head is already throbbing, your back hurts,
your neck feels stiff... You're counting the hours until it's Friday
it or not, your body may be trying to tell you something. Aches, pains
and irritability may be due to more than just a hard day at the office or school. That
cold you've been trying to get over for weeks could be lingering around
for a bigger reason. There are no ribbons, no walks, runs or relays,
and no wristbands to honor those who suffer from this condition. Yet,
millions suffer from it.
We're talking about stress. Stress can affect people both physically and
mentally. It can make them sick, affect well-being and actually change a
person's thoughts, behaviors and even personalities. All those symptoms
notwithstanding, stress is something that is often shrugged off.
The good news it that stress can be combated. But its cure is not in the
form of a miracle pill. Instead, it is something that takes a little
effort on the part of the stress sufferer. There are many things that
can relieve stress, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, breathing
techniques and even a relaxing hobby. But, there is probably not a more
enjoyable method of stress relief than a massage.
Therapeutic massage is a remarkable tool to use for coping with stress.
It's a deeply relaxing practice helps you feel more relaxed physically
and mentally, as well as recharge and restore energy and creativity. But
how do the hands of a massage therapist work as a cure to the negative
effects of stress on the body, mind and spirit? There are several
- Release of Muscle Tension - Muscle tension is one of the
tell-tale signs of stress, a sometimes painful one at that. It can
literally be rubbed away by seeing a massage therapist. With kneading
and stretching techniques muscles and muscle tissues are loosened.
Repeated sessions can even begin to reverse the muscle contractions that
make them feel so tight. In addition, this causes endorphins to be
released into the blood stream. Since endorphins are the body's own
natural pain killer, this heightens the feeling of relief of aching
- Increased Circulation - When circulation increases from a
massage, the blood carries out unwanted and unneeded waste products, and
also helps cleanse cells with nutrients that are vital to repair
tissue. Because of the toxins being released, water is provided to after
sessions to help the body replenish, without drinking water to help
release toxics, flu-like symptoms can occur. Increased circulation can
also go right to your head, meaning an oxygen increase will occur in
your brain, reducing mental fatigue and heightening concentration. Many
people also report that because all of this, emotional problems, anxiety
and depression actually fade away as well for several days.
- Improved Sleep - Another major inhibitor of stress is lack of
sleep or troublesome sleep, which results in fatigue. The quality of
restful sleep improves greatly during the few days following a massage.
If you are sleeping more, your body has more of a chance to repair and
restore energy levels.