Massage Therapy and Stress Relief

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Stress can lead to many health issues and injuries: headaches, joint pain, illness, restlessness, fatigue, and more. It’s important to prioritize stress management and seek stress relief options to avoid facing severe effects of stress. Massage therapy is offered to help alleviate stress and provides benefits to the mind and body – but how exactly does that happen?

Loosen Muscle Tension with a Massage

Stress causes your muscles to tighten, and prolonged tension can shorten the muscles which can cause pain and restrict movement in those areas. A good massage helps warm and loosen tense muscles increasing flexibility and range of motion. Once the feeling of pain is reduced, levels of stress decrease.

Massage Therapy Increases ‘Happy Hormones’

Serotonin and dopamine are the happiness and relaxation hormones that your body produces while stress produces the hormone cortisol. A massage therapist can soothe your body from stress and anxiety into a state of relaxation. This relaxed sensation will promote the release of serotonin and dopamine and can create feelings of contentment and peace. A relaxed state of body and mind will lower cortisol levels and rid you of stress.

Improve Sleep with Massage Therapy

A relaxing massage helps to calm a stressed and anxious mind. Stress can affect your ability to achieve proper sleep which can lead to more stress. Massage therapy uses soothing techniques to calm the mind and achieve relaxation – targeted triggers can promote the production of specific hormones. While dopamine stabilizes your mood and serotonin provides relaxation, melatonin can also be triggered to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Improve Your Mental Health

Stress can lead to many health problems, including mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Massage therapy can bring therapeutic relief by stimulating receptors which promote a positive state of mind. Reducing stress and instilling a calm and relaxed feeling throughout the body will in turn reflect those same feelings on your mind. A positively charged body will create a positively charged mind.

Stress can lead to serious health issues and taking the time to manage your stress will lead to a positive improvement in other aspects of your mind and body. Treat yourself by taking a break from the demands of your daily life with the help of massage therapy.

Visit Absolute Chiropractic Wellness Centre to discover the various types of massage therapy that we officer- from relaxation treatments to deep tissue massage therapy, we have the right answer for you.  We’re here to help.

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