Massage Therapy For Stress Relief
We all know that certain types of constant stress in our lives
are not healthy. But did you know that recent evidence indicates
the physical changes associated with stress may contribute to the
leading causes of death-heart disease and cancer? In addition,
stress can create and/or exacerbate many physical and emotional
conditions such as chronic fatigue, digestive upset, headaches,
back pain, high blood pressure and risk of stroke.
A recent study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and assigned them to receive
deep tissue, Swedish and light touch massage. The researchers found
that a single session of massage caused biological changes.
Volunteers showed significant decreases in levels of the stress
hormone cortisol. They also had increases in white blood cells that
are part of the immune system. What this study shows is that
receiving massage actually activates the body on an internal level
to respond and correct the physiological imbalance caused by our
stressful lives. By fighting stress on a number of fronts, the
benefits of massage for stress relief include relaxation of
muscles, an increase in circulation and a reduction in stress
related pain. Once your stress level is reduced, you can reclaim
the energy you once enjoyed, and experience a refreshed body and
View all the different types of massage to see which massage
therapy is right for you.