Stress and anxiety are symptoms that many of us experience on a regular basis, and luckily there are ways to try and manage them. One natural and effective way is getting massage therapy on a regular basis. Stress and anxiety often start out as temporary and controllable symptoms, however, when they are not dealt with properly and on a regular basis they can quickly turn into debilitating ones. As a registered massage therapist, I truly believe in the saying; if you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.
Throughout my massage therapy practice I have noticed that more than 80% of clients note stress and anxiety on their intake forms, often as the main complaint. This means that you are not alone when it comes to facing these symptoms in your day to day life. However, it does mean that we need to make self-care a priority!
Regular massage treatments can drastically reduce stress and anxiety, resulting in improved quality of life. It is well known that massage therapy effectively reduces the physical symptoms associated with stress and anxiety such as muscle pain and tension. However, it may also decrease levels of cortisol and increase parasympathetic nervous system activity. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body’s rest and digest response, so when it is activated it decreases respiration and heart rate as well as increases digestion.
Studies support regular massage treatments as a clinically valuable and effective treatment option to manage daily stressors. This offers many clients a substantial reduction in stress and anxiety, as well as reduced respiratory rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels that come along with those symptoms.
A relaxing yet therapeutic massage performed by a registered massage therapist can help reduce both physical and emotional symptoms leaving you feeling relaxed, balanced with an improved emotional resilience and boost your feeling of general well-being.
If you have not tried massage therapy for the management and treatment of stress and anxiety, now is the perfect time. Book an appointment online at https://www.smartnd.ca/online-booking/1608 or call 902.444.3303.