Relaxing Body Massage at Head2Toe Crawley
We all know stress is really bad for our well being and our bodies.
Massage isn’t just a luxurious treat to pamper yourself or for sporty fit people ,there are many other reasons to get a massage on a regular basis, including perhaps the biggest one – stress.
An American Poll in 2007 showed that 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and that 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression,
How Does Stress Affect Health?
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. You can feel it in your mind and your body. The stress response that is produced can be a positive one, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. This is often called the ‘fight or flight response’. Stress can however be an unwanted response even in small doses. Stomach aches and sweaty palms before important meetings are something most of us have experienced. These smaller responses can be hard enough to deal with but prolonged stress can become even more of a problem.
Prolonged or repeated episodes of a negative stress reaction can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research appears to suggest that stress also can start or exacerbate certain symptoms or diseases.
Stress can manifest in a multitude of ways in different people. Aches and pains, increased muscle tension, physical and emotional exhaustion can all be helped by body massage. Massage can actually help your body and mind de-stress, providing relief of symptoms. Some clients are able to manage their symptoms more effectively using massage and often find that under the guidance of their GP they can reduce or even stop some of their medications.
Massage is commonly thought to activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system and counteract your body’s negative response to stress. Beneficial effects of massage are relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation to return to normal .
5 positive things a massage can do for you and your body:
- Sleep better: Since massage relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system, causing your body’s rhythm to slow down, blood pressure is lowered, your heart rate settles and your breathing becomes deeper and more rhythmic, setting you up for a great night’s sleep.
- Massage helps to increase circulation in your lymphatic system and reduce oedema, which plays a major role in warding off infection and healing injuries. It may also strengthen your immune system by increasing white blood cells.
- Improve your skin: With so many factors taking a toll on our skin, including the sun, pollution, poor diet, and just the natural aging process, massage therapy can increase the uptake of vital skin-repairing nutrients and speed the removal of toxins. Improved circulation helps moisturize your skin, improving skin texture, while relieving dryness and itching.
- Improve nerve function: Massage aims to relax contracted muscles, which can press or pinch your nerves, causing tingling, numbness, or pain.
- Decrease chronic pain: Massage releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) into the brain and nervous system to reduce pain and discomfort without the use of medication.
8 negative things stress can do to you:
- Stress Makes It Difficult to Control Your Emotions It’s no secret that stressed people can fly off the handle. But new research tells us that how little stress is actually required for you to lose your cool. A recent study by neuroscientists at New York University found that even mild levels of stress can impair our ability to keep a grip on our emotions.
- Stress Can Bring Out Disease. Some people are more prone to certain diseases, and chronic stress can give these conditions the green light. Stress has been linked to cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver (a side effect of combating with stress with alcohol).
- Stress Can Affect Your Love Life. While sex may be a good stress reliever, it can get you out of the mood quicker than you think.
- Stress Can Ruin Your Teeth. Some people respond to stressful situations through body language, including grinding their teeth. While often done unconsciously or during sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear your teeth thin.
- Stress Can Ruin Your Heart. Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder and increases your blood pressure.
- Stress Can Make You Fat. In days of hunter-gathering, harsh conditions forces us to eat as much as possible when food was available, to store up for the hardship. That trait lives on inside us, and comes out when we are
- Stress Can Make You Look Older. Chronic stress is a major contributor to premature aging.
- Stress Weakens Your Immune System. The connection between mind and body are often underestimated, but everyone’s experienced a cold when they can least afford to. That’s because stress is so demanding on the body that the immune system suffers, making you more vulnerable to colds and infection.
So whether you are stressed or not, everyone can improve their health while enjoying a little rest and relaxation! If you’re new to massage, or not quite sure whether it would help you, give us a call to help you decide. If you or anyone you know is suffering from stress and would like to have a massage, contact us here.