Stress, Everyone experiences it. No one is immune because stress is a necessary component of life.
What stress does to you and why get a Massage in Northampton
Your body reacts unconsciously to situations you find threatening. It’s emergency stress response primes you for fight or flight by causing certain physiological changes to take place:
- your body produces additional adrenaline
- your heart beats faster and more blood flows into your larger muscles
- your breathing becomes shallow, and you start to perspire
- the functioning of your immune and digestive systems is inhibited
- the flow of blood to your extremities and internal organs is decreased.
Frequent or unrelenting stress can damage your body, ultimately leading to discomfort or pain. It’s a contributing factor in most disease processes. The adverse effects of stress can manifest themselves as:
- changes in blood sugar
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
You can understand why accumulated stress and tension can spoil much of the pleasure and productivity you find in life.
The antidote to stress is the relaxation response. A great way to get that is a Massage in Northampton
During the relaxation response, your endocrine and nervous systems activate changes to slow your heart rate, improve your circulation and digestion, and relax your muscles–in direct counteraction to the stress response.
There are many activities that can trigger the relaxation response, such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, listen to soothing music or a Massage with Patty Gates!
Of course, one of the best methods to combat stress is a therapeutic Massage. Massage can dramatically reverse the damaging physiological effects of stress by helping to:
- lower your heart rate and blood pressure
- improve your blood circulation
- raise your skin temperature
- heighten your sense of well-being
- drop your anxiety level
During the massage, your tight muscles tend to relax and the pain associated with chronic tension is relieved. Increased circulation will supply more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and help rid them of metabolic waste. Massage also stimulates release of the body’s own natural pain killer–the endorphinbs.
You can avoid the damaging effects of chronic stress and gain some control over your sense of well-being by getting a regular Massage in Northampton to put you in touch with your body, teaching you to monitor its signals and needs so you’ll know when you should take time out from the things that worry you.