What is Stress?
Stress is ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances’.
Our bodies produce adrenaline, which increase out heart rate as well as another chemical called cortisol, which increases our blood sugar levels. These chemicals can lead to the following symptoms:
- feeling physically ill
- an increase in blood pressure
- chest pain
- trouble sleeping or insomnia
- muscle tension
We can experience behavioral changes when we are stressed. We can become moody, withdraw socially and have angry outbursts. Stress can also lead to over or under eating and even drug and/or alcohol abuse.
How can massage help with stress?
Massage can make it easier to overcome both short-term stress and chronic stress. Massage helps to decrease cortisol and insulin levels, our heart rate and blood pressure will both decrease. Our body releases the ‘feel good’ endorphins serotonin and dopamine. Massage will help to reduce the symptoms of stress. It will help to release muscle tension and reduce the severity of headaches. Massage will help us to relax therefore reducing the feeling of anxiety and irritability and enabling us to sleep better.
So if your feeling stressed why not book a massage with one of our Remedial Therapists today.
Kristy Adams – Remedial Therapist