Tell Me Where It Hurts: Massage and Where We Hold Our Stress
Elements Massage Preston Hollow Mar 3, 2015
Many of my massage clients refer to an area where they hold their stress. It is usually the neck and shoulders or the low back. Why do we hold our stress in a certain area?
Janis Graham in an article for Redbook suggests that habits formed by stress determine that one area where the stress takes hold. For example:
- Neck and Shoulder tension often happens in women with high-pressure desk jobs. Hunching over a computer for long hours at a time or cradling a phone between the shoulder and the ear can build knots in the area and increase tension and pain.
- Low Back tension can happen from spending large amounts of time in traffic without a lumbar support pillow.
There are other reasons that can contribute to the tension, such as carrying a baby or toddler and emotional stress. Besides the stretches Graham suggests and investing in a car pillow, regular massage can really help with stress-related aches and pains.
Another cause of these types of pain have to do with the emotions we carry. In an article for Natural Solutions magazine Mel, the writer, suggests that:
- Neck pain can indicate a resistance to other ideas or ways of thinking
- Shoulder pain can suggest a struggle with responsibilities such as mortgage payments and family
- Upper back is the reverse side of the heart and can direct repressed anger, resentment, guilt, or shame.
- Midback is holding onto fear.
- Lowback is inability to meet other people's expectations.
- Butt pain indicates control and power issues.
- Hamstrings and Thighs suggest past conflicts such as repressed childhood memories, anger, or resentment.
If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow and West Plano can help. They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.
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