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  • Writer's pictureTania Cucciniello

Massage Therapy: Every-body's Favorite Stress Buster!

April is Stress Awareness month! It is held every year in April to increase public awareness about both the causes and solutions.

Stress is related to many acute and chronic dis-eases. Stress is medically proven to contribute to other health issues, such as:

  • Insomnia

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity/Over-eating

  • Malnutrition/Under-eating

  • Migraines

  • Ulcers

  • Low libido

  • Chronic muscle pain

  • Inflammation

  • Allergies/Asthma/Respiratory issues

  • Depression

…and more!

A relaxing massage or regular massage therapy visits can take all that stress away! I do believe, especially from experience, that massage therapy is every-body’s favorite stress buster!

The benefits of massage therapy on stress

Taking a moment to go somewhere peaceful and give your body to a professional massage therapist for just one hour can improve stress levels significantly. Physical touch reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and boosts the immune system.

Positive effects massage therapy has on the body and mind for stress:

  • Calms the nervous system

  • Improves breathing

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Alleviates depression

  • Boosts mood

  • Promotes mental alertness

  • Decreases pain

  • Improves posture

  • Relieves pressure

  • Promotes quality sleep

  • Enhances a calm mind

The reason why massage therapy can have such profound effects in all these areas is because touch promotes the secretion of the “happy chemicals” in the body and mind. Our happy hormones include:

  1. Oxytocin: the love hormone- gets enhanced through touch.

  2. Endorphins: the pain killer- its what massage does!

  3. Dopamine: the reward chemical- often increased when listening to music, and there’s always relaxing music during a massage.

  4. Serotonin: the mood stabilizer- now left in a more relaxed and mindful state, happiness and presence is felt.

Regular massage therapy visits can increase these levels each time. Being consistent with your visits can amount to significant results! Reach out to find out more.

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