Relaxing Body Massage at Head2Toe Crawley
Full body massage can be used to treat sports injury, as stress relief or simply a luxurious treat.
Stress is really bad for mind and body.
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 stress response can be a positive one, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. This is often called the ‘fight or flight response’.
Stress can also be an unhelpful response. 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 negative stress reactions can lead to headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping.
Some clients are able to manage their symptoms of stress more effectively using massage and often find that under the guidance of their GP they can reduce or even stop some of their medications.
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.
- Reduce Oedema. Massage helps to increase circulation
- 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.
- Help manage 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:
- Make It Difficult to Control Your Emotions. Stressed people can fly off the handle. New research tells us that 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.
- 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 stress with alcohol).
- 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.
- Ruin Your Teeth. Grinding their teeth often done unconsciously or during sleep, can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear your teeth thin.
- Ruin Your Heart. Stress can physically damage your heart. 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.
- 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
- Can age you. Chronic stress is a major contributor to premature aging.
- Weaken Your Immune System. The connection between mind and body are often underestimated. 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.
Whether you are stressed or not, everyone can improve their health while enjoying a little rest and relaxation! If you’re new to body 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.