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Stress & Massage: Getting a Massage can help Reduce Stress

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

What is Stress?

Stress, in the context of this article, is defined as a state of mental or emotional tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress can be caused by many things: work deadlines, financial concerns and relationship issues are all common causes of stress. Stress can also be triggered by physical ailments such as arthritis or fibromyalgia that make it difficult for people to perform everyday tasks without experiencing pain or discomfort. It's important to note that not everyone experiences stress in the same way; some people may feel anxious when they're stressed while others become irritable or depressed instead. Stress can also manifest itself physically through a number of symptoms such as headaches/migraines; muscle tension; high blood pressure; heart palpitations (irregular heartbeat) and chest pains among others

The Benefits of Massage

Massage can help you reduce stress hormones and increase relaxation. It also improves sleep quality, which is important for managing stress. Massage therapy can be used as a complementary treatment for many conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder)

  • Depression

  • Stress-related headaches

When to Get a Massage

  • When you're feeling overwhelmed.

  • When you need a break from work or school, but don't have time for a long vacation.

  • When your body is tense and sore after working out at the gym or playing sports.

The Benefits of Massage for Stress Reduction

  • Reducing stress hormones

  • Improving sleep quality

  • Reducing anxiety and depression

  • Improving mood

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Massage

  • Communicate with the therapist. If you have any issues or concerns, let the therapist know so they can address them.

  • Drink plenty of water before your appointment and afterwards as well. This will help flush toxins from your body and keep it hydrated during the massage session itself.

  • Give yourself time to relax after getting a massage! Don't rush off right away; instead, take some time to lie down in a quiet place where there aren't any distractions for about 15 minutes after receiving a massage treatment (or longer if needed).

The Benefits of Massage

  • Reduced stress. Massage is effective in reducing stress, which can be caused by a variety of factors including work, family and financial issues. Massage helps to relax the body and mind by increasing blood flow throughout the body while decreasing cortisol levels (a hormone that is released during times of stress).

  • Improved circulation. Massaging the muscles increases blood flow to those areas, which improves muscle function and flexibility as well as reducing soreness after exercise or strenuous activity such as lifting weights at the gym or carrying groceries home from the store.\ Increased joint flexibility.* Improved immune system function.


Massage is a great way to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Massage also helps people feel more relaxed, which can help them with their overall wellbeing.

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