Massage has been a proven part of treating stress. Not only does it help those with chronic stress and conditions like PTSD, it also helps those who are experiencing types of short lived stresses. For instance, hospitals nationwide are offering pre-procedure massage to patients who have stress about their upcoming procedures. They have found that when patients go into surgery relaxed, with little stress, the recovery is an easier process.
How Massage Therapy Can Help You Manage Stress
Most people carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. This weight manifests into stress and the more stress you have, the more tight the muscles in your shoulders and neck become. When your shoulders and neck become stiff, tight, and sore, they tend to create a chain of events such as headaches, backaches, and other aches and pains that create even more stress. It is a viscous cycle that can be treated and stopped.
When you enjoy massage therapy for stress, your massage therapist is working out these tight muscles; as the knots and tightness are released, the stress you felt when you arrived is reduced. As you enjoy loosened muscles, you are not as on edge which reduces your stress and allows you to think clearly, knowing what you can change and what you cannot.
Another aspect that helps you de-stress through massage is the idea of slowing down. Most people keep running until they cannot run anymore. Taking the kids to school, going to work, picking kids up, taking them to sports and other activities, making dinner, and still getting time to yourself can seem like it is impossible. Sometimes, you just need to slow down and stop for a while to become stress free.
When you visit a massage therapist for stress, you are forced to slow down. The only way your massage is effective is if you unplug from the world during your appointment. Turn off the cell phone, don’t look at your emails, just relax and enjoy the time to yourself. This setting alone helps to force people to slow down and stop, even if it is just for an hour. You will come out of the massage appointment refreshed and renewed, ready to face the world.
When you are finished with your visit with me for your massage therapy for stress, you will leave feeling like a new person. Your muscles will be loosened up and free of the pain that you were experiencing when you arrived. With the reduction of pain, your stress will feel as if it melted away making you less irritable and less likely to succumb to your stresses of everyday life. When you are able to slow down and take some time to yourself to think and unwind, your stress will become less intense and easier to manage.
When you are able to achieve this time while reducing the inflammation and tightness of your muscles that stress has caused, then you have the complete package, with better mental and physical health. While we treat tight muscles through massage, we are able to also treat mental health which offers you a whole new level of care.