Holidays can be the best times, and the most stressful times of the year on the body. However, massage therapy is a multi-faceted alternative treatment that complements traditional medicine to help us stay healthier through the holidays. It is not the proverbial fountain of youth, but massage therapy can help us return to a place of peace and comfort we may recognize from our youth.
Protect Your Mind
Our body produces a chemical called cortisol to protect us during high stress situations. The winter holidays extend over a few months, so our bodies end up exposed to cortisol for long periods of time. This can keep you from enjoying time with family and friends, but luckily, massage therapy can actually cut cortisol levels by up to 50%. On top of that, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine production increases. That is a very good thing for your mental health since they are the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Feelings of anxiety and depression melt away as your mood stabilizes during regular massage therapy sessions.
Protect Your Body
You can sleep better and prevent illness with massage therapy. Too much cortisol also increases blood sugar which can keep you up at night. Not only does massage therapy lower cortisol levels, but it also improves circulation and breathing patterns. Sleep helps our immune system function, as does regular massage therapy. Our body's natural cytotoxic capacity is increased and we fight of illness with relative ease.
Relax and Enjoy the Season
Many of us carry stress in our muscles, particularly the back, neck, and shoulders. Overtime at work and too many activities make it hard to relax. Massage therapists assess areas of need so they can get your muscles to relaxed. As the muscles loosen, your mood will often lighten as well. Don't wait until you feel the signs of stress seeping in, visit your massage therapist to stay happier and healthier this holiday season.
To schedule your massage with a certified therapist, contact LaVida Massage of Washington Township, MI today.