We live in a high stress culture that has constant demands. Whether it's your career, family life, other people's issues, house chores, the holidays, or whatever, the list can go on and on. Eventually we start to experience headaches, tension and pains throughout our body.
These "signs" indicate that something is "wrong" and the problem won’t go away until we take direct action to resolve it. These "signs" can leave for a few days or weeks but eventually it returns and keeps nagging us to get help. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.
Here are a couple of interesting statistics that even surprised me.
- 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints.
- Over 50% of lost workdays are stress related which keeps about 1 million people per day from attending work.
- Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
How massage helps with Stress.
According to The Franklin Institute web site on the human brain and stress, “Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system.”
The Mayo Clinic website says, “Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.”
In October 2008 the journal Psychooncology published a study entitled, “Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.” The conclusion of the study stated, “…a significant reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.”
In May 2008 The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry published a study entitled, “Pilot study evaluating the effect of massage therapy on stress, anxiety and aggression in a young adult psychiatric inpatient unit.” The study concluded that “Massage therapy had immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures.”
Massage boosts the body's immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress.
Massage causes the body to release many therapeutic mood and health enhancing chemicals; it increases the release of dopamine and serotonin and reduces the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in the body for emotional, spiritual, and physical stress relief. It increases the relaxation alpha brain waves and also increases pain relieving levels of endorphins. Massage lowers noradrenaline and lowers the stress hormone ACTH (Adrenocorticotrophic hormone).
Stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. Listen to your body and get help reducing your stress today by getting a massage.