Protecting your health against too much stress isn't selfish, it's a necessity.
Over time, too much stress can take a toll on your health and may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
We all know that getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits are all good ways to help manage your stress and reduce the risk of negative health effects.
The great news is that massage therapy can help with all of those strategies and also get right to the root of stress in your nervous system.
Massage therapy stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system's "relaxation response", which is the balancing opposite of the "fight or flight" response triggered by stress.
Decreased adrenaline, lower blood pressure, and slower respiration are just a few of the positive effects from activating the relaxation response.
As the body, mind, and nervous system deepen their relaxed state, the increased benefits include a reduction in cortisol, lower blood sugar, and an increase digestive enzymes and bowel function.
No wonder why massage therapy can be a helpful treatment for so many health conditions!