Stress and anxiety seem to have become accepted as a normal part of modern living.
There is a wealth of information on how massage therapy can positively impact depression and anxiety, help those dealing with eating disorders and myriad other illnesses.
However, many people still consider massage to be one of those things you do if you have lots of extra time and money. It’s often likened to taking a hot bath with candle light, rose petals and Enya providing background music.
Yes, massage feels wonderful BUT massage should be seriously considered as an essential part of physical and psychological health maintenance.
For those interested in the technical stuff,
Here is a brief description of how massage works to benefit those who need to work on anxiety and regulating neurotransmitter and cortisol production.
Your body moves between two main states of being – the sympathetic state and a parasympathetic state. The sympathetic state is commonly known as fight-or-flight mode. It’s when the body triggers the autonomic nervous system to produce stress hormones and ups our adrenal response.
Most of us are in some level of sympathetic state just dealing with day-to-day stresses.
Massage has been shown to help the body shift into a parasympathetic state. By supporting real stress relief, massage can set the body into a “rest and digest mode.” Massage can chemically support a healthier state of being.
People often ask “how often do I need to get massaged to notice an improvement”. The number of sessions required to notice a difference in mood and adrenals is specific to each individual.
Some people get amazing benefits during their first session, others take more time to settle in and be fully receptive to treatment. One thing is certain, the more your body receives massage, the deeper and more effective massage becomes.
The more consistent you are the greater your outcomes.
Of course, there are many different massage therapists and types of massage out there. It’s important that you find the right person and the right kind of massage for you and your anxiety to maximize outcomes.
Start by getting a few sessions with a therapist who is willing to work slowly and connected. You need to build trust and expectation between client and practitioner to reduce the possible anxiety of a new treatment. Once trust is established, Swedish and even deep tissue can help with both the physical stress and psychological anxiety.
It’s important to be very open and honest with your massage therapist about what results you are looking for from the treatment. Find a reputable, experienced therapist then commit to a regular routine until you find your individual ideal frequency of massage.
Massage therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety and adrenal issues and there are no negative side effects. That’s something we certainly can’t say about most of the drugs used to treat mood disorders. Massage is proven to help with stress on both physical and psychological levels. Plus, you should never underestimate the power of taking time for yourself to breath, rest, and receive therapeutic attention.”
Most of us should take that statement to heart. Slowing down and taking the time to do something that nurtures our bodies in a more gentle way is something we need to do even if it feels like “wasting time” initially.
Written by Jillian Cosgrith. Jillian is a remedial massage therapist at the Centre of Wellbeing. Jillian is very passionate about massage and the positive effects that massage can have on the body and overall wellbeing of her clients.
If you would like an appointment with Jillian call 03 9763 0033 or book on line at www.centreofwellbeing.com.au .