"Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstance. It can lead to both physical and psychological health issues." American Psychological Association It has the potential to have a serious impact your health, happiness and wellbeing. Research shows that stress can contribute to insomnia, high blood pressure, muscle pain, anxiety and major illnesses such as heart disease, depression and obesity.(1) Massage has been proven to help reduce the affects of stress and depression.
At Just Knead It our goal is to help you to look after all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as any other part of your body. If you find you are stressed out at work, home-life has been tough or you have hit the desk night after night studying, massage can help relieve the symptoms of stress.
Evidence that massage can help: Read some of the evidence that shows how massage can have an impact on stress.
Regular massage can decrease the levels of stress hormones in the body, decrease blood pressure and improve sleep.
"Massage, is a valuable noninvasive method to reduce their stress, promote mental health, and prevent the decrease in quality of work life." A study on ICU Nurses (Nazari, F Mirzamohamadi, M and Yousefi H, 2015) (3)
"Massage therapy is significantly associated with alleviated depressive symptoms." (Hou WH et al 2010) (4)
Massage is indicated for students presenting with symptoms of depression (Ajilchi B 2015) (5)
How we use massage and myotherapy to help stress
The simple act of getting a massage is known to improve the symptoms of stress. If stress is identified as a contributing factor to your pain or tightness your remedial massage therapist can alter their treatment to promote stress relief.
Your therapist might use longer more flowing strokes that relax muscle tissue rather than deeper techniques which can be more painful and heighten the nervous system.
Sometimes our massage clients find that the deeper we go into muscle tissue the more relaxed they feel. The key is to work with our clients to find the type of treatment that they find most relaxing while still addressing underlying issues that could be contributing to their pain or tightness.
Our goal is to work with you to help relieve stress by creating a relaxing environment, giving you a great treatment and determining whether or not to turn the music up and leave you to lie down and just enjoy the treatment or be a sounding board to help you get some of that stress off your chest.
Massage Techniques for Stress Management at Just Knead It
Some of the treatment techniques we use to treat shoulder conditions:
We find gentle stretching with deep breathing techniques calms the nervous system and helps you relax
Effleurage is a group of techniques that every remedial massage therapist learns when they first study. This is a group of long flowing techniques that are great for relaxation. Combining more flowing massage techniques into the treatment in amongst some deeper work and trigger point therapy can give you a balance between relaxation and an affect treatment that addresses other underlying causes of your pain and tightness.
(4) Hou WH et Al (2010) Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2010 Jul;71(7):894-901. doi: 10.4088/JCP.09r05009blu. Epub 2010 Mar 23.Treatment effects of massage therapy in depressed people: a meta-analysishttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20361919