How Massage Relieves Stress

Our lives are inundated with countless stimuli. We take it all in and have been conditioned to receive. To keep receiving and receiving everything life throws at us and are expected to just take it. Take it all in and at the end of the day rest up for the next day, where life will continue to pile on more and more information.

Stress doesn’t just come from the unpleasant tasks. It is also brought on by running out of hands to juggle the best parts of life. Eventually our bodies reach their limit and the effects express themselves in our well being. You may be surprised to know just exactly how stress presents itself physically.

How Stress Affects the Body

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems

How Stress Affects Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression

How Stress Affects Behavior​​​​​​​

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Exercising less often

How Massage Relieves Stress

Countless studies have determined the power of therapeutic touch.

Significant decrease in muscle tension is at the top of the list. The benefits of your muscles relaxing trickles down into the cardiovascular system. As your muscles are no longer tensing, they have allowed blood flow to balance.

Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10 to 15-minute chair massage in controlled studies.

Whichever way stress physically manifests in your body it is clear that a massage will surely aid in relieving that stress.