5 Ways Massages Can Reduce Stress

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Massage is thought of as a luxury more often than not, and one that many people believe is money wasted on being pampered.

Although massage does provide the benefit of feeling as if you’re getting a reward for your all your hard work, it also offers numerous health benefits - including stress relief.

Here are five general benefits of massage therapy and how they relate to relieving the stress you may be feeling. 

Elevated Mood

Massages relieve the symptoms of conditions that affect your emotional balance, including anxiety, depression, and stress. Getting regular massages can help you to shift your negative thoughts concerning everyday worries to more positive ones, allowing you to relax your mind and body. In addition, being rubbed down triggers your brain to release oxytocin and serotonin, both of which elevate mood.

Joint and Muscular Benefits

Due to activation of the stress response, muscles in your body tense up. Normally, when a stressful event ends, your muscles will relax. In the presence of constant stress, however, your muscles remain in a tense state. This can lead to headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stiff and achy joints, and other painful symptoms. Massage helps to relieve muscle tension by increasing circulation throughout your body, reducing stress-related aches and pains.

Increased Immunity

Another way your body responds to stress is to conserve energy by suppressing the immune and digestive systems. When this happens, circulation to the heart, lungs, and muscles increases. Therefore, chronic stress can lead to decreased immunity, which increases the risk of flu, colds, and immune system disorders. In addition, chronic stress can contribute to digestive and elimination problems. Massage helps to relieve the stress associated with these health problems by treating their symptoms. It restores normal digestive function and circulation and improves immune system function.

Relief from Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain makes it very difficult to accomplish daily tasks and to even get enough sleep, both of which add to your stress levels. Whether your pain is from an injury or a chronic illness, massage triggers the relaxation response. Your breathing and heart rate decrease, your blood pressure lowers, and the production of stress hormones goes down – all causing your muscles to relax and relieving pain in the process.

Improved Sleep

One study showed that 76% of people who received regular massage therapy stopped experiencing symptoms of insomnia altogether. In addition to the relaxation that massage offers, studies have shown that it also relieves the symptoms of many health conditions that can keep you from sleeping, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Dementia
  • HIV
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive disorders

….just to name a few.

For the most effective stress relief possible, pick a massage that is designed to help rejuvenate you.   CBD Massage, for example, utilizes CBD salves and lotions and works with your body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate body functions. It’s a great massage option that should help you feel calmer in no time.

There are many ways that massage can contribute to stress relief through the treatment of other health conditions.    Overall, therapeutic massage is a holistic approach to health that gets to the root of symptoms associated with these and other conditions.

For more information about the extensive menu of massage services at Body Massage Wellness Spa, please review the information we’ve provided in the list below:

Call us at 303.893.2543 to schedule your customized, stress reducing therapeutic massage that will accommodate your individual preferences and needs.   We are very happy to provide guidance and answers to your questions.   

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