Relieve Stress Through Massage Therapy

Dr. Garreth MacDonald

Relieve Stress Through Massage Therapy

When we are under stress, the brain identifies it as a threat and releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. As a result, adrenaline elevates heart rate and blood pressure, while cortisol alters the immune system.

Stress Can Become Chronic

Over time stress can become chronic, and the long term overexposure to stress hormones can increase the risk of health problems like:

  • Obesity
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Problems with memory and concentration

That’s why it’s so important to treat your stress. Many doctors will recommend taking time off; however, in the fast pacing world we live in, not all of us can take time off for so long.

Instead, different practices can reduce stress like practicing yoga, dancing, exercising, getting massages, and more. Incorporating some of these activities into our daily routine has proved to reduce stress levels.

Massage Therapy For Stress Relieve

Massage therapy can help loosen and relax tight and painful muscles, enhance blood circulation, increase range of motion in the joints, and lower stress levels.

When we get a massage, the parasympathetic nervous system gets stimulated, and cortisol levels decrease, giving an immediate calming effect to the body and brain during stress.

Common Type of Massage for Stress Relieve

Some of the most common types of massages performed to reduce stress are:

Swedish Massage: Through different movements, the therapist releases muscle knots. Swedish massage is a full-body massage ideal for when you want to feel entirely relaxed, have a lot of tension, and when you are sensitive to touch. A session can last around 60 to 90 minutes.

Aromatherapy Massage: This type of massage is also used for an emotional healing effect. It will boost your mood, relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. It’s also a full-body type of massage with the difference that the therapist also uses a diffuser with essential oils. An aromatherapy massage can also last between 60 and 90 minutes.

Hot Stone Massage: hot stones are perfect for people with a lot of muscle pain and tension. The heat from the rocks alleviates pain, relieves stress, and can ease muscle tension. A session lasts around 90 minutes.

Trigger Point Massage: The therapist focuses on specific areas of the body that need to be released from tension.

Reflexology: Through firm and gentle pressure on the feet, ears, and hands. This type of massage helps restore the body’s natural energy levels.

Experience The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

If you live in Eugene, we invite you to take some time to relax through massage therapy. Cascade Health Center has the best massage therapists in the area.


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