How Massage Can Help Ease Anxiety and Stress

How Massage can help ease anxiety and Stress.

So, how massage can help ease anxiety and stress, you may ask? Well, Massage can help the body relax. This is because it can help one let go of anxious and fearful thoughts. Massage can relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and increase flexibility. For example, a relaxing massage can help to manage our  stressful response to situations. This response is typically overactive among people with anxiety disorders.

As a result this response causes fearful thoughts and reactions.  But these often far outweigh any actual threat in the environment.
In other words, your fight-or-flight response. However, it typically leads to uncomfortable physical symptoms. For example, shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate, excessive sweating, and chest pain. These symptoms can lead to what is known as an anxiety attack.
To clarify, anxiety attack is when people may feel fearful, apprehensive, may feel their heart racing or feel short of breath, but it’s very short lived and when the stressor goes away, so does the anxiety attack. Panic attack, on the other hand, doesn’t come in reaction to a stressor. It’s unprovoked and unpredictable.
Massage can have an opposing effect.  Most importantly, it can relax the whole body. For instance, it can help in reducing tension and lowering heart rate. As a result it can help a person feel calmer and less anxious.

Types of Massage

There are different types of Massage.  Aromatherapy for example, uses essential oils to improve health and wellbeing. Essential oils are plant extracts. Some oils can be used to treat mental and emotional health problems. You can use aromatherapy oils through massage, in the bath or by breathing them in. Research has shown that aromatherapy can be useful to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety.

To summarise

In conclusion, help to ease anxiety and panic with a relaxing massage.  The benefits are numerous. I’ll be talking more on this subject in future posts.