Monday, February 27, 2012

Reduce Stress & Boost Well-Being

I like stress. Stress is good. Stress can cause you to grow, become faster, and more keenly aware of your surroundings. It sets off all sorts of hormones that can get your heart beating and your body pumping. After all, that which does not kill us can only serve to make us stronger, right?

True - except for when that something is stress. The fact remains; too much stress actually CAN kill us.

When we experience an overload of stress for too long, our ability to live in grace and balance may be challenged. As a result, our health can be severely compromised. The great thing about therapeutic massage is that it is a stress buster that actually works with little or no effort on your part and has become well known as one of the best ways to deal with the overload of stress so common in today's world.

Therapeutic massage can give you a break from the buildup of stress and can help trigger the "relaxation response" (a natural function of the nervous system that reverses the effects of excess stress). Massage can also provide relief from chronic, persistent headaches, reduce nervous anxiety, and promote more restful sleep, all conditions associated with an overload of stress.

One of the key benefits of therapeutic massage is improved circulation. Think of it as allowing your muscles to breathe. Good circulation is essential to bringing oxygen and nutrients to healing tissues and to remove irritating waste products. This, in turn, helps to decrease inflammation and pain from injuries or overuse. Massage also increases circulation to the joints, thereby improving their function and mobility.

Massage therapy can help increase awareness and sensitivity to the body's signals. In fact, there are times when a client has been so overwhelmed with stress for so long that sore stressed muscles have become the "normal" sensation. It is only when I have "located" their areas of stress (through touch) that they realize the extent of the stress they have placed on their body.

Therapeutic massage has been used for stress and pain relief around the world throughout the ages. As long ago as the 5th century Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote, "the physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly also in rubbing."
Modern research, such as studies by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, have demonstrated that massage is extraordinary in its ability to reduce the effects of stress and promote well-being.
Respond to stress with grace and balance; book your massage with me today.

As Always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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