Self care is a priority set aside too often with competing demands. With the unexpected surprises this year, we have all made changes to our daily lives. Some of these changes have benefited us, while others have added stress. So, in case you’re like me, sometimes we need a little push to remind us to take care of ourselves and schedule some time for peace and relaxation.
3 Ways Massages Help Relieve Stress:
1. As you may or may not know, stress is both mental and physical. Sometimes, the physical elements include fatigue or irritability, but other times it can lead to physical pain. Part of the pain you may experience is due to built up tension in your muscles. This tension, in addition to your body’s release of cortisol, the “fight-or-flight” hormone, can greatly intensify your stress. Massages relax this built up tension and allow cortisol to be removed from your body. Directly lowering your stress. In addition to this, Serotonin and dopamine are released during a massage. These endorphins make you feel good and help you relax.
2. With endorphins, comes the reduction of chronic moderate anxiety. Such as related to test-taking, work-stress, problem solving to even the anticipation of medical procedure.
3. Massages aid with lymphatic drainage. This helps remove toxins from your body. Such as those high-fat and high-sugar foods you crave when stressed. Overall, the decrease in cortisol levels and toxins, with the increase of serotonin and dopamine create a cleaner mental and physical workspace for you to tackle tasks head on.
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Wishing you a Happy December and the joy that comes with the soon approaching holidays.