Experts say that up to 90% of all diseases are related to stress. Our body compensates to any form of stressor and reacts as strongly as a life-or-death situation. It does not determine what type of danger we are facing.
Stress upsurges the activity of our Sympathetic Nervous System which then effluxes stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine. It increases blood pressure, speeds up aging and suppresses the immune system which results in spasmodic pains, heart attacks, stroke, susceptibility to infections, certain cancers, ulcerative colitis, atopic dermatitis, fatigue, infertility, dizziness, palpitations, difficulty in breathing, depression, insomnia, amenorrhea, heart diseases and more.
A relaxing massage therapy is the best antidote for stress. It aids relaxation, reduces muscle spasms, improves circulation and movement of lymph fluids, nourishes the largest organ of our body—skin, relieves headache, supports healing, boosts energy and speeds up recovery. Clinical studies have shown the beneficial effects of bodywork in treating people with autism, ADHD, eczema, bulimia, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
There are over two hundred types of massage techniques. The most common are Swedish, hot stone, Shiatsu, Thai, reflexology and sports massage, each one tailored to specific needs.
Swedish massage is thought to be effective in reducing muscular pains. It is attained with the use of a lubricating oil or lotion. The practitioner performs long gliding strokes, petrissage, percussion-like tapping, stretching and firm kneading. Heated smooth, basalt stones that are rich in iron are placed on the body’s key points during a hot stone massage. This improves circulation, relaxes the muscles and calms the nervous system.
In Shiatsu massage the therapist applies acupressure techniques using thumbs, hands, elbows and knees, while Thai bodywork emphasizes stretching, deep kneading and yoga-like positions.
During a reflexology massage, practitioners apply pressure to reflex areas of the hands and feet that corresponds to specific glands, organs and other parts of the body and usually lasts 45 to 60 minutes. Sports massage boosts athlete’s peak performance by releasing muscle tension, drains swelling, relieves fatigue and promotes flexibility.
It’s time to listen to your body and fight the stress out of your incredibly nervy life. Don’t allow a bundle of jitters to take over your everyday activities, calm your senses and bring your nervous system back into equilibrium with a healing touch.
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