Most of us will suffer from stress at some point in our lives. It might be because of big changes in our lives such as moving house, getting married or divorced or the death of a loved one. Sometimes it is because of an ongoing situation such as a high pressure job, being stuck in a job we hate, going through difficulties in a relationship or because of illness or disability. For some of us its is simply a daily reaction to the fast pace of modern life.
How does stress affect us?
Stress can effect us physically and emotionally by changing our body’s biochemistry. Under stress our body releases adrenalin and cortisol, the hormones that administer the flight or flight response. If this response is continually triggered by an ongoing stressful situation or stressful events then these hormones can remain elevated in our bodies and can lead to many kinds of health problems such as:
- Digestive problems such as IBS
- Low energy
- tension and pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Anxiety and depression
The impact that stress has on our bodies depends not only on the experiences we are having but on how we react to them. We can do a lot to mitigate the effects of stress even when we are unable to change our circumstances. Looking after ourselves can help us to increase our tolerance to stress so that we cope better with the difficult events of life.
How can massage help?
- A massage session can be an hour away from the demands of your life where you are able to relax and unwind, it is time dedicated solely to you!
- Massage has been shown to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body, decreasing heart rate and breathing rate and bringing about relaxation.
- Massage therapy can reduce anxiety and depression.
How many sessions do I need?
If you are going through a specific stressful event, you may want regular sessions for a short while to help you through it. If your life is generally stressful you might want to incorporate massage into your routine as part of your self care for example on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
Contact me now to make an appointment or to discuss how Massage Therapy can help you!