The term ‘stress’ is used to describe many different factors that impact our life; although it may seem that stress is felt as a mental state, it is also very physical. Even though the stress of your job or being stuck in traffic is not a physical threat, your body is geared up for “fight or flight” by engaging your sympathetic nervous system.
When you encounter what your mind perceives as a stressful situation, your body reacts. When doing this, the following reactions can occur:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Tensed muscles
These happen due to large quantities of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, which are created by the body to defend itself. Although these reactions can be beneficial to us when in physical danger, it can be damaging to our body when it happens on a regular basis.
Massage therapy can help undo some of the body’s reactions to stress, including lowering cortisol levels, relieving muscle tension, reducing heart rate and blood pressure and increasing endorphin levels by engaging your body’s natural healing parasympathetic nervous system.
At Mood Massage & Aesthetics, we understand how stress affects the body—and are equipped with the techniques to help your body relax. Next time you are having a rough day or week, call us at (850) 359-2907 to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to customize your massage session to address your individual needs.