With the highly sedentary lives that most people lead today, stress is a very common malady. But it’s not easy or always possible to take a break and head out on a long vacation- just to unwind and rejuvenate your senses. However, there is one very simple way to keep all those stresses and strains at bay – Massage therapy is a time-tested and proven way to relax painful and tight muscles, significantly reduce stress levels, enhance blood circulation and improve range of motion.

Stress is known to be a risk factor in a number of chronic diseases and if you do already suffer from one, it can only worsen the problem. As there are a variety of massage therapies, you might just have to try out a few of them before you identify which one works perfectly for you. It’s also very important to zero-in on the right massage therapist if you want to ensure you get an effective massage that will reduce your stress levels.

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Different massage techniques

Massage therapy includes a number of techniques. In some of them, the massage therapist may use only his/her hands and elbows to administer the treatment, while in others, the person might use his feet as well. The different types of massage therapies include:

  • Swedish
  • Sports
  • Deep tissue
  • Reflexology
  • Trigger point
  • Thai
  • Hot stone
  • Aromatherapy

In some of these therapies, aromatic oils are used as a medium for the massage, while in others warm stones are used to release the tension from the muscles, which promotes relaxation. When you go to any massage therapy centre or spa, you should ask them what type of massage they specialise in and how it can help reduce your stress levels.

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About how stress can affect your overall health

It’s common for people to push themselves to do better at work. That’s the way to stay ahead of the competition, accomplish important tasks and maybe get that coveted promotion too. But all this stress comes at a price. If you are constantly stressed, the condition tends to take on a chronic form. Whenever your brain senses these stresses you go through, there is an increase in your blood pressure and your heart rate.

While it may not always be possible to steer clear of these different pressures, it’s definitely possible for you to get an occasional massage to ease those stresses from your body. Take a look at the different benefits of massage therapy:

  • Reduces stress, depression & anxiety
  • You are able to de-link yourself from everyday worries
  • It gives you a chance to relax your body and mind
  • It gives you the feeling that you are somehow in control of your health
  • It’s a great way to manage chronic illnesses
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Relieves tension headaches, chronic back as well as neck pain

The atmosphere in the massage room is created in such a manner that it compels you to relax and leave your cares behind for a while. Most aches and pains (that an otherwise healthy person experiences), are caused by stress.

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Regular massages help

Once your body gets used to going through regular massage sessions, it automatically gets habituated to getting de-stressed. You will notice a significant change in your physical agility, mental alertness and overall wellbeing. No matter which way you look at it, massage therapy is a great stress-buster.

If you want to know more about massage therapy and how it’s beneficial in helping get rid of stress, you can get in touch with us at New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also give us a call at 02 9958 2277.

Best Regards,
Corey Iskenderian