While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, it is also often one of the most stressful times. If you are feeling overwhelmed, receiving a massage has been proven to lower blood pressure, cortisol levels and improve psychological states. So take a well-deserved me moment and book a massage for stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Between July 2015 and July 2016, surveys indicate that roughly 43.8 – 57.6 million adult Americans had a massage at least once.” And 28% of those surveyed cited relaxation or stress reduction as their primary reason for receiving a massage. The information below is cited by the AMTA to support their position that massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.
Research Proves Massage is Effective for Stress Relief
- An article in the 2002 Journal of Advanced Nursing discussed how myofascial trigger point massage therapy resulted in a substantial decrease in heart rate, as well as both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Several separate papers on the effects of a chair massage showed that oxygen consumption, blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels were all lowered after just a 10-15 minute session.
- Improved emotional states in eight studies cited by the AMTA were measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale and the Anxiety State Scale.
During these hectic days it is even more important to take the time to take care of yourself- do not brush aside the toll stress can take on your health and well-being! While it is extremely challenging during these busy time of year to stick with your daily health routine, try not to overindulge on treats and keep exercising to keep your energy level up. Also, try not to overextend yourself- give yourself the gift of saying ‘no’ to some things. And before you reach your breaking point this holiday season, book a massage for the ultimate stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
And if you are suffering from pain, soreness, stiffness, spasms or a specific injury– our massage therapist can help with that too!