How Massage Therapy Can Help Reduce Stress

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As part of the  2017 Michigan Stress Relief Week, they gave free massages and desserts to all students to help them relieve their stress, relax, and refresh. This event is an excellent initiative since massage therapy is known to help those who suffer from stress find a way to unwind and prioritize their health and wellness. Moreover, students experience much stress due to their deadlines, research, and exams. But how does massage therapy help people reduce their stress?

Nowadays, massage therapy is offered almost everywhere. Gone are the times when massages are only available through luxury spas and health clubs. Whether you are in airports, clinics, hospitals, or malls, people who seek massages can get soothing treatment quickly. A session of massage therapy usually goes on for about 50 minutes. It uses low and subtle lighting in the room to help create a comforting and relaxing environment. It also utilizes the power of music to support the soothing atmosphere. 

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Massage strokes and manipulates your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to release tension and pain. A massage therapist can use a variety of techniques for a session, and it may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are more than 80 types of massage therapies in the world. You can discuss your preferred treatment with your therapist.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has a couple of benefits, including the following:

  • Allows people to respond better to medical procedures and other related treatments
  • Reduces muscle tension or soreness and helps rehabilitate muscle tone
  • Increases range of movement and flexibility
  • Increases autoimmune function
  • Helps people cope with pain, depression, stress, and anxiety-related illnesses

Some studies also found massages can be helpful for the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive ailments
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness due to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Soft tissue tensions or injuries 

Beyond the conditions and benefits it can bring, most people enjoy massage therapy because it often makes them feel light, comforted, and connected. However, it is no way a means to replace your regular medical care. If you have specific health conditions, it’s best to consult your doctor if massage therapy can help you.

It’s not a crime to seek ways to reduce your stress and find solace in your world; we all need a little help sometimes.