Massage Therapy – Stress in the Workplace

Massage Therapy – Stress in the Workplace

, - March 18, 2019

After a chair massage — even a short one — people feel happier, more relaxed, and more focused. Breathing returns to normal, muscles loosen up and the mind becomes more clear. 

Technically what’s happening is that after a few minutes of relaxation, the body will start to release the feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. These hormones counteract stress hormones like cortisol.

While a little stress is actually good for us, too much is harmful. Too much cortisol in the body on a long-term basis causes cardiovascular problems down the line – including heart attacks and strokes.

When a massage therapist is working on a muscle knot, they’re applying pressure to an area of muscle fibers that have become jumbled up and stagnant.

Physical Effects of Stress

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated stress hormones such as cortisol
  • Creates shallow, rapid breathing
  • Poor posture creates tight muscles
  • Muscle knots created from tension
  • Low back and hip pain from sitting long hours of the day
  • Decreased sleep quality
  • Decreased proper circulation

Mental Effects of Stress

  • Rapid, disorganized thinking
  • Emotionally “on-edge”
  • Difficulty being present
  • Increased forgetfulness
  • Poor memory recall

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