We all have stress. Unfortunately, chronic stress is can seriously impair your health. Stress is a leading contributing cause to illness and doctor visits. As noted in the photo, 66% of general doctor visits are from stress symptoms and 50% of patients’ self-report moderate or severe stress in their lives.
There are many ways to reduce stress including meditation, exercise, healthy relationships, and massage. Massage is a popular form of stress reduction because it works and the effects are deep, immediate, and proven.
Studies have shown that the stress hormones are decreased and happiness hormones increased. Cortisol - the stress hormone - is decreased by 31% in massage. Serotonin and dopamine - the happiness hormones- are increased by 28% and 31%.
Massage makes you feel good quickly in a healthy way. If you want to get out of stress and feel good, get a massage.
I personally became a regular client over 7 years ago when I was traveling for consulting work in Guatemala, far from my supportive relationships and comfortable culture. I went weekly to get through those hard months. Now I seek out other therapists about every two weeks to maintain both my emotional and physical health. I treat my family and friends better, and I treat myself better after I receive massage therapy.
In my studio, I have therapies, that emphasize emotional and others that emphasize physical. Of course they are closely related and we can find one that works for you.