Stress Relief…

Stressful job/routine?

Not taking time to relax?

Did the kids driving you crazy over the holidays?

Surrounded by daily pressures?

Not sleeping?

We all get stressed from time to time, some more than others. However, when there’s never any relief from stress, a sustained fight-or-flight response can cause us problems. Constantly feeling stressed out can take its toll on our body and can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, muscle tension, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and trouble sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

So how can sports massage help?

Sports massage releases tension by applying pressure and friction along the muscle to break down adhesions in the connective tissue and restore range of movement. It helps flush out toxins, break up scar tissue and helps the body relax, which therefore means treatment can be both therapeutic and corrective. By concentrating on the deep layers of muscles, deep tissue massage releases muscle tension that can be the cause of stress.

Massage is a great way to reduce the stress in your life; it can make you feel good physically, which is highly beneficial for health and well-being, both emotionally and psychologically. Sleep deprivation is one of the side effects of stress and probably one of the most recognised. A good nights sleep is essential for the immune system to work at its optimum level. If compromised the body’s ability to heal itself is also at risk and therefore our health is compromised. Many people report sleeping better after receiving a sports massage and the benefit often continues several days after receiving massage therapy. Research also suggests that sports massage can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical. Massage also stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, and the result of this is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes stress much easier to overcome, whether it be chronic, short term or habitual.

So whether you are a long-term sufferer or have just had one of those weeks, why not give it a try and book yourself in for a sport massage with Hannah today.

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