Feeling stressed? Whether you’re watching the minutes, hours, or days dwindle into an upcoming deadline or just overwhelmed by the general pressures of life, the sensation of stress—the tension that you feel when you think about whatever it is that’s stressing you out—is not all in your mind. Stress has very real—and serious—effects on the body. Often, prolonged stress can lead to health concerns, one of the most common of which is muscle tension.
You know muscle tension when you feel it: your muscles contract, but only partially release—never returning fully to their natural, loose state. You feel as though you’re always tense, always on-edge. Worst of all, you find it difficult to get comfortable and relax. Perhaps, you’ve even begun to feel physical pain—particularly in your lower back. Because all of these symptoms are caused by stress, they can all be alleviated—and even reversed—by stress relief. If you’re ready to rid yourself of tension, pain, and stress, it may be time for you to get a relaxing, therapeutic massage.
Massage therapy is one of the most time-tested stress-relief practices. It’s difficult not to fall into relaxation after lying down on a massage table. This is how it works:
The gentle, persistent, and pressured touch of massage stimulates the brain to release endorphins, which kill pain and erase stress. As the body’s muscles are worked, blood flow increases, and nutrients are more effectively distributed throughout the body, even while toxins are more effectively eliminated. The body’s muscles receive a greater amount of healing nourishment from the blood, which, in addition to the muscular stretching of the massage, relieves pain and reduces stiffness and tension. Voila! Massage reduces current stress and even works at reversing the bodily damage dealt by previous stresses. Goodbye, muscle tension! Farewell, pain!
When you aren’t relaxed, your body isn’t either. That’s why engaging in relaxing activities—such as massage therapy—is so important to your health and wellbeing! Don’t wait for stress to “pass” on its own: take a proactive approach to your wellbeing by scheduling your first tension-and-stress-relieving massage session at Elements Massage Chandler Village today!