Stress Management and the benefits of Massage Therapy

Remedial Massage and Stress Management 

Many healthcare professionals agree that nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high levels of stress and/or chronic (long term) stress. Experts estimate that over 85% of disease is stress related. Remedial Massage can be an extremely effective tool for managing stress and improving an individual’s state of well-being.

Remedial Massage can help manage the effects of stress by:
• Reducing muscular aches, pain, tension and fatigue
• Reducing lower back, neck and shoulder pain
• Improving range of motion and correcting postural/muscular imbalances
• Improving blood circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrient rich blood into the tissues and vital organs
• Decreasing anxiety and depression
• Enhancing a greater quality of sleep (the body’s healing time)
• Improving concentration
• Increasing energy and vitality
• Providing relaxation and some much needed ‘time-out’
• Releasing endorphins – amino acids that work as the body’s natural pain-killer
• Enhancing immunity by stimulating lymph flow (the body’s natural defense system)
• Gaining useful and easy to follow information regarding nutrition, lifestyle and exercise

Stress and the negative effects of stress on the body, can often relate to how we handle changing situations and the everyday pressures of work, family, relationships and life in general. Of course, there are times when there are more serious reasons causing these pressures, which are often beyond our control but it’s our response the situation that determines how it affects us individually.

Have you ever wondered how two people, who come from the same family or a similar background, seem to cope differently towards the same challenging event? One can feel totally defeated and depressed and the other shakes it off with a positive attitude and looks for the blessing in amongst the ashes.

It is how we choose to deal with these situations and how strong the foundation of our faith and belief is, that determines the level of stress we experience in our lives. Quite often it’s what goes on in our mind that determines how we respond to each pressure or situation, as to how it actually plays out in our lives.

Giving yourself the time to relax and relieve tight, aching muscles can help take the focus off your pain-body and allow you to ‘be still’ for an hour or so. This ‘time-out’ can help you to gain some clarity on the situation, to re-think and learn how to react in a healthier way.

Geraldine Starr  Dip.RM, Dip.Arom