Massage: The All-Natural Way to Reduce Stress

Massage: The All-Natural Way to Reduce Stress

Massage is no longer just a treat you award yourself after hitting a major life goal. Massage therapy offers many health benefits, from reducing muscle tension to improving blood circulation. Massage is also an all-natural way to reduce stress. 

Here at Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa in Godfrey, Illinois, we take an individualized approach to health and well-being. When it comes to massage therapy, we customize your therapy to meet your specific wellness needs and goals, optimizing your health and well-being.

To help you understand the many benefits of adding massage therapy to your wellness routine, we want to share with you how massage therapy can help reduce your stress.

About massage therapy

Massage is an ancient form of healing practiced for centuries by many cultures. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, it’s one of the first tools humans used to alleviate pain.

The hands-on therapy uses various techniques to manipulate the soft tissue under your skin, including the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.  

Our team of massage therapists use massage therapy to treat a wide range of health conditions, from muscle pain to anxiety. We also find that massage therapy works wonders as an all-natural way to reduce stress. 

Reducing stress with massage

Stress is a normal response to situations that have unknown outcomes. When under stress, your body releases hormones that heighten your senses to improve awareness and reaction. 

These stress hormones activate your fight or flight response, aiming to protect you from dangerous situations. Once the stress is gone, your body’s stress hormone levels return to normal. 

Though the stress response is normal and beneficial, chronic stress is not. Ongoing stress leads to chronic elevation of your stress hormones, which taxes the body, leading to health problems like high blood pressure, food cravings, obesity, and anxiety. 

With the demands of everyday life, it can be difficult to escape your chronic stress. However, massage therapy may be an all-natural way to reduce your stress, lower your stress hormone levels, and improve your health. 

Relaxation is one of the first feelings many people experience when they start their massage session. This feeling of relaxation triggers your brain to release endorphins that give you a general sense of well-being. 

While decreasing your stress hormone levels, massage therapy heightens your mental awareness, boosts energy, and reduces anxiety.  

Selecting your massage type

Though the classical massage, also known as the Swedish massage, is one of the most popular types of massage, it’s not the only technique we use to reduce stress. When you come in for massage therapy, we tailor your plan to match your unique health needs and wellness goals. 

The types of massage therapies we use to reduce stress include:

Therapeutic massage

Our therapeutic massage is a mind-body retreat that sends you into total and complete relaxation to relieve tension and stress. 

Tension relief

Our tension relief massage focuses on specific areas of your body where you hold your tension and stress, like your neck, head, or upper back. 

Reflexology

Reflexology is a unique therapeutic technique that applies pressure to certain areas of the feet to improve function in specific areas of the body. 

Chair massage

To reduce stress and tension after a long day at work, our massage therapists highly recommend scheduling a chair massage. After a quick 15- to 30-minute chair massage, you feel recharged and re-energized. 

No single form of massage works for all and our massage therapists work closely with you to design a hands-on treatment that lifts your health and well-being.

When looking for an all-natural way to reduce stress, consider massage therapy with our wellness experts. Call our office or request more information online to get started today. 

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