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Massage tips for lowering stress

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Massages are known to be an effective treatment for stress relief.  Here are some ways people can maximize the benefits of regular massages.

Understanding that massages are great for stress relief

Stress is known to cause the body’s muscles to tense throughout the day.  This tension can lead to exhaustion, muscle aches, and pains, stomach issues, headaches, lack of sleep, etc.  Regular massages help loosen these muscles and allow them to return to their normal state.  

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How they work to lower cortisol levels

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released in high amounts when someone feels anxious or stressed out.  Massages have been shown in scientific studies to lower cortisol levels.  They do this by reducing the number of stress chemicals in the brain so there are fewer signals being sent for cortisol release. Another way massages reduce cortisol levels is by acting on the parasympathetic nervous system.  This is the part of your nervous system that regulates relaxation and regeneration in the body.

Focusing on pressure points

Massage therapists understand that there are specific spots within the muscle tissue where they need to apply more pressure in order to target specific areas of stress in the body.  Additionally, applying deep pressure can send signals to the brain telling it to stop producing cortisol because whatever you’re feeling is under control.      

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Massage frequency (frequency of getting a massage)

Getting regular massages is key in reducing stress levels.  Ideally, people should schedule an appointment every 2 to 4 weeks so they can take advantage of all of the benefits that come with these sessions.       

Massages are an excellent stress relief method that works to do all of the following: lower cortisol levels, loosen muscles, reduce stress chemicals in the brain, send signals to the brain saying all is well.  People who want optimal results should aim to get a massage every 2-4 weeks so they can take advantage of these benefits.

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