Stress and Massage

Stress and Massage from The Massage Therapy Company

By: The Massage Therapy Company  13/05/2011
Keywords: massage, stress, MASSAGE THERAPY

 It is recognised that, in the UK alone, overwork and stress has become a major contributor to a range of common health issues. The World Health Organisation publically recognises that overwork and stress is associated with an increased risk of a variety of illnesses including: hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal disorders, adrenal burnout and ME. Chinese Medicine also understands that overwork and stress can generate a multitude of health problems primarily through the depletion of QI (energy), as the balance between work and rest is disturbed. If someone has been overworking for a short amount of time the QI can be restored by good diet and appropriate rest. However if someone has been overworking for a long time without adequate rest then the body has no chance of restoring QI fast enough. If QI cannot keep up with the demands, then the body is forced to draw on the deeper substances and severe depletion of the kidneys and other bodily functions can result in burnout, chronic fatigue or ME.In his book Recipes for Self Healing, Daverick Legget (2008, p14) suggests that ‘in a typically western society which values overwork, continual striving and overachieving, it is not surprising to see diseases of an opposite nature, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’. One might say that often Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an appropriate response by the body to overwork and stress.Eastern medicine understands how important it is for us to balance Yin and Yang (rest and activity), in order to achieve optimum health. If you work long hours or in a stressful environment it is incredibly important that you take time out to relax and rejuvenate. This includes taking regular breaks at work, taking time to eat lunch properly away from your desk, and partaking in rejuvenating and enjoyable activities such as: yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, walking in nature, Acupuncture or Massage Therapy (I am sure you can think of many more).Many studies have been carried out on the effectiveness of massage therapy and it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress hormones and boost the immune system. According to The Franklin Institute “Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system.” The Mayo Clinic website identifies massage as a valid medical method to reduce stress and pain. It goes on to say, “Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.”In fact there are many studies that have proven the effectiveness of massage in reducing stress in various situations. Add to this the additional benefits of massage therapy including the reduction of general muscle tension and pain and you may find that massage therapy can be the treatment of choice in dealing with everyday stress.On a personal note I discovered the power of good massage therapy when I suffered from chronic burnout a few years ago. I had worked in a very stressful environment for years and had not taken regular breaks or holidays. Massage and acupuncture helped me to make a dramatic improvement to my physical and emotional health and I will now always continue to schedule regular time to receive this form of care.So, for those of you who like to work hard make sure you take time out to do something simple and enjoyable. Why not invest some time and money and come and experience the benefits of massage for yourself. Claire Boxer, The Massage Therapy Company, London Waterloo, Brentford West London, Virginia Water Surrey. [email protected] 07747686565 Important: Stress can be a very serious medical disorder. Always consult with a trained physician or mental health professional if you suffer from stress, anxiety, Chromic Fatigue or depression.

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