Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GADS) impacts more than 6.8 million adult Americans. That’s an astounding number of people. With symptoms including headaches, irritability, shortness of breath, nausea, hot flashes, and more, GADs can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Although affecting almost twice as many women as men, GADS typically begins around early adulthood to middle age and can last for a minimum of one year.
The good news, however, is that massage can help. Through the application of pressure and movement to the body’s superficial tissue, massage can help reduce stress and anxiety levels while promoting relaxation and alleviating pain.
Causes of Anxiety
The human body is a unique system that’s programmed to respond to dangers. Most often, the body invokes flight or fight. This means that when you experience a situation (say a pack of wild lions), your body’s programming will most likely tell you to flee the scenario and to do whatever is necessary to stay alive (like climb a tree, sprint to cover, etc. ). The second most common response is to fight back. If say you are stuck in an alley with nowhere to go and the lion pack arrives, you can’t flee and must fight. Therefore, your body will produce a large amount of adrenaline to take on the lions.
Both of these programmed responses require your body to produce massive amounts of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Today, we’re programmed to respond to regular stress in this same old manner. So when your work deadline gets moved up, or you are responsible for carpool but have a flat tire, your body kick starts the cortisol process which sends the signal to suppress your immune system, and increase blood sugar levels. All of this can result in headaches, insomnia, digestion issues and more just from your daily life.
Massage for Good
Massage is a weapon to fight back and curtail modern day anxiety. In a session at our studio, our team will help induce a deep sense of peace and relaxation to let your nervous system regulate. This can lead to feelings of rejuvenation and revitalization while enabling you to have a happier, and healthier life. Come talk to our team about how massage can alleviate symptoms of anxiety today.