Stress has become a part of our everyday lives and unfortunately for some people it can become the norm. However with everything there are both healthy and unhealthy levels of stress. Acute stress is not a bad thing, it has a positive reaction in the body, from the production of protective chemicals that can strengthen the immune system and stave off diseases, and can even help sharpen your memory.
However it’s not all good news, research shows that prolonged levels of stress increase the chances of muscle tension, headaches, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability, upset stomach, and burnout.
How can massage help you?
When a muscle is continually tightened, circulation is reduced, blocking the absorption of oxygen and nutrients. Tense muscles become starved for oxygen and may be prone to a buildup of metabolites such as lactic acid. Massage helps by loosening, stretching and lengthening muscle fibers. This process increases circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients back to the area of tension, which decrease the occurrence of headaches, and muscular tension.
Massage is also helpful for those of you who have difficulty sleeping and concentrating who then tend get stuck in the cycle of low energy, poor sleep, feeling irritable and can be a bit moody. Massage increases levels of the neurotransmitters Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin. Healthy, balanced levels of serotonin produce a calm, general sense of well-being. Dopamine assists the human body with mood, attention, learning and sleep. And Oxytocin produces feelings of calm and contentment.
So the next time you are feeling stressed, don’t ignore the signs and let it build up… book in for a massage and make your day a whole lot better!