Stress is something we hear a lot about from our clients. And, according to the 2011 Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), stress levels for Americans remain at a level exceeding what is considered healthy. According to the survey, 39% of adults say that their stress increased in the last year, and 44% say the last five years have brought an increase in stress. Personal health problems resulting from stress were reported by 53% of those surveyed.
According to the APA, “Overall, people seem to recognize that stress can have an impact on health and well-being, but they do not necessarily take action to prevent stress or manage it well.”
Regular massage therapy provides recognized benefits for many medical conditions, as well as welcome relief for stress in its many forms. In a study performed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, participants who received 45 minute sessions of deep tissue Swedish massage showed significant decreases in levels of stress hormones in the blood. Massage therapy is one way to manage everyday stress as well as chronic stress. The APA points out that “untreated chronic stress can result in health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.”
According to the survey, time management may be a major factor in preventing people from lowering stress levels and improving overall health. Our clients find that when they put regular massage therapy sessions on their schedule it becomes easily incorporated into their routine, and is an effortless way to relax and overcome stress.