Anxiety & Massage
What Is Anxiety?
Have you ever had a panic attack? You feel as though you can’t breathe, your heart is racing, and you may have chest pains. Or you may feel that people are talking bad about you, or are out to get you. You may experience sudden bouts of anger or sadness. You’re too scared to do anything in fear of doing it wrong. This is a generalized overview, and it varies from person to person. Some may experience anxiety much worse and others less. I know this first hand. If has made my life difficult in jobs, in keeping friends etc. I along with many others have been put on medications that act as a tranquilizer to help calm you down and focus. The problem here is many times these can put you to sleep for several hours. As a working person this can’t happen.
How can Massage help?
When I got hired on here at Nature’s Whisper Massage I talked to our therapist Karlee about my anxiety and she convinced me to try massage for it and here are my findings. I almost immediately was able to calm down and relax. The aromatherapy helped to bring that immediate feeling. Then Karlee started massaging. The calm feeling was overwhelming. I realized how much my anxiety had caused my muscles to tense up and by having these released was helping pain and pain is a going to cause you anxiety because you are uncomfortable. It’s a whole chain of effects.
Massage has also been scientifically proven to reduce the levels of cortisol which lead to stress and feeling anxious. It also gets in the way of healing wounds and injuries so by reducing yet more pain it is helping to alleviate your anxiety. It also reduces the chemicals that cause the fight or flight reaction in your body.
Want to Stop Worrying?
It doesn’t have to be clinically diagnosed anxiety for massage to help. It can be a situation at home or at school that is causing you to have anxiety. So do yourself a favor, and come on in and try massage to help relax your mind and body.