In a time when most Americans report dealing with moderate to high levels of stress on a regular basis, it can be difficult to understand stress as something to be worked through and managed. The American Psychological Association found in 2010 that stress levels are increasing in adults as well as teenagers. More people are experiencing added stress and anxiety as a regular part of their lives. When we think about stress as an unavoidable daily occurrence – stressing about money, work, kids, and health – then how do we find ways to manage and mitigate the physical and psychological toll it can take on us?
One answer is regular massage therapy. Monthly sessions can lead to measurable improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety cause the body to produce a hormone called “cortisol” that has a variety of effects on the body, such as suppression of the immune system and a reduction in bone formation. Therapeutic massage decreases the amount of cortisol in your system and boosts the production of serotonin and oxytocin – hormones that make us feel happier, which helps reduce anxiety.
Massage therapy also reduces the physical effects of stress by reducing muscle pain, fatigue, and tension, as well as reducing headaches in frequency and intensity. Massage helps break up lactic acid build up in your muscles, which also reduces pain and discomfort. You may not be able to avoid the sources of stress in your life, whether that’s your job, family obligations, or school, but you can manage the stress itself and the symptoms it causes with therapeutic massage. Book an appointment today with Elements Massage- Chandler West to start! 480-219-9931.