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The Anatomy of Anxiety and How Massage Can Help

February 1st, 2017 • Posted by Mary Nix • Permalink

There is a reason the classic phrase "relaxing massage" is used so many times when referring to massage treatment. Professional massages are relaxing to both mind and body, and treating one can help the other.

Anyone who suffers from anxiety knows there is a symbiotic relationship between their anxious thoughts or feelings and their body. Anxiety manifests itself, not only in thoughts and feelings, but in a variety of physical ways. Anxiety sufferers often have difficulty sleeping, they may have stomach ailments, tense muscles and perhaps even experience full-blown panic attacks. So it really should come as no surprise that a relaxing massage can help with the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Given the anatomy of anxiety, how does massage actually help? Regular massage helps treat anxiety by lowering cortisol, a stress hormone. By lowering this stress hormone, clients see a reduction in anxiety symptoms such as increased blood pressure and heart rate and anxious feelings. Regular massage also increases blood flow throughout the body and especially to the muscles. This helps muscles to relax and allows the client to fall asleep more easily. By treating the physical ailments of anxiety, the emotional aspects of anxiety are positively affected as well. Clients feel calmer, more relaxed and simply have a greater sense of overall well-being, which helps them to manage their anxiety and stress levels.

If you are suffering from anxiety, have difficulty sleeping and/or experience panic attacks, please contact us. We can be part of the solution to help you get back on track and on the path to emotional and physical wellness.

 

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