Work and family responsibilities, financial worries and concerns about the future can make anyone feel stressed from time to time. But while occasional stress is to be expected, chronic stress can be a problem – wreaking havoc with your mental and physical health.
Fortunately, many people find ways to manage their stress so it doesn’t get the best of them. What works for one person may not work for another so it’s important to find the stress-relieving tools and tricks that work for you. For example, one person may be able to lower their stress level with a cup of tea enjoyed along with a few minutes of quiet reflection. Others find vigorous exercise, time spent outdoors or even shouting into their pillow helps.
One activity that has been shown to be an effective stress reliever is getting a massage. A professional massage provides a number of therapeutic benefits that counter the negative effects of stress on your body and mind. Here are some of the benefits:
The positive effects of massage are supported by multiple research studies. Adults with high blood pressure who participated in one massage study saw significant improvements in their anxiety and stress levels. In addition to relieving stress, five weeks of massage therapy also lowered their blood pressure and decreased their cortisol levels.
A massage doesn’t have to be long to reduce your stress level. In one study, participants reported feeling less stressed after a 10-minute head-and-neck massage. Although study subjects who received a light massage or just rested also felt less stressed, participants who received a deep massage reported feeling more relaxed.
If you find yourself feeling stressed, whether occasionally or often, why not make time for a massage? Whether you opt for a massage from a professional masseuse, friend or partner, massage offers valuable benefits for your mental and physical health.
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