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Massage can help with Addiction & Anxiety

In Business, Massage, Specials on July 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I’ve read two articles recently about the benefits that massage can have for people suffering with anxiety and / or addiction. One of the biggest things I’ve witnessed on my table repeatedly is just how quickly safe, therapeutic touch can help a person to be more fully grounded in their body. We spend so much time in our heads every day – worrying about the hundreds of things we need to accomplish, wondering if we are doing OK as a parent; friend; business owner…hoping that soon life will get easier. All of that thinking and worrying increases our stress levels and specifically raises the levels of cortisol in our bodies.  That can put us into a cycle of feeling run down, often leaving us with decreased immune system functioning, tiredness and lack of patience, etc  A one hour Swedish massage can aid in breaking that stress cycle.

I’ve had clients come in for massage practically bouncing off the walls from the busyness of their lives – their levels of anxiety are high. Many of them, somewhere in our session time, will heave a huge sigh of relief and settle in – shifting from existing just mentally to really sinking down “into themselves/their bodies”. It’s not uncommon for people to shed tears as a way to release tension. They really get in touch with the effects life is having on them and are able to experience a sense of peace and well-being, often for the first time in many months. Massage has been proven to increase dopamine and serotonin and decrease cortisol  – all of which can help alleviate depression and anxiety and help support you in making healthier self-care choices.

We’d love for you to experience the benefits of massage first hand. Please check out our massage specials for July and August here.

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