How can Massage Therapy Reduce Stress?

Stress is considered a risk factor for many chronic diseases, and can make your symptoms worse.

Almost every stress symptom listed by the American Psychological Association can benefit from massage. Research has shown that massage can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body's natural "feel good" chemicals. Serotonin and dopamine are also released through massage, and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual as well as acute or short-term stress much easier to overcome.

Massage also plays an important role for anyone trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Clinical studies show that even a single 1 ½-hour session can significantly lower your heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels -- all of which explain why massage therapy and stress relief go hand-in-hand.

Taking care of your body should be at the top of your priorities. By adding therapeutic massage to your routine, you'll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. So what better way to prep for a long, happy life than a relaxing, therapeutic massage at Align?

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Eamon Wilson