Massage Therapy Lowers Anxiety
During an era when each day seems to bring new stress, it's no
wonder that massage has become increasingly popular as a means of
"Americans are looking to massage for much more than just
relaxation," says Mary Beth Braun of the American Massage Therapy
Association. "Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of
conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia,
headaches, anxiety, circulatory
problems and recovery from a sports injury."
What Causes Anxiety?
The human body was designed to respond to danger, such as an
attack by wild beasts, by either fleeing or fighting. Both those
actions require extra levels of cortisol, known as the "stress
hormone," which suppresses the immune system and increases blood
sugar levels to keep our muscles ready for fight or flight.
But since most of today's problems don't involve wild beasts,
sustaining higher cortisol levels can lead to digestive problems,
headaches and insomnia. That's where Massage Envy comes in.
How Massage Helps
If you carry anxiety symptoms in your shoulders, back and neck,
a professional massage can specifically target those areas.
Regardless of where you carry tension, studies have shown that
massage increases your body's levels of oxytocin and serotonin,
which results in lowered stress. The feeling of relaxation created
by regular massage therapy also lowers your blood pressure and
elevates your mood.
When your body is relaxed, your nervous system responds with a
lower heart rate and improved breathing. Deep sleep becomes easier
to achieve, because your muscles remember the sensation vividly
enough to recreate it at home, which enables you to enjoy a