What do you do to reduce your stress levels?
Studies have shown that massage triggers the relaxation response, taking your body off alert and setting in motion the biological processors needed to restore your resources and reverse the physical processors of fight or flight.
Massage calms the nervous system, and helps you to relax and unwind. It relieves muscle tension, increases circulation clearing accumulated stress hormones and waste products, bathing your cells in nutrients vital for tissue repair.
It also increases oxygen to the brain, which many benefits include clearer cognitive function. You will sleep better too.
The more regular your massage the better your body will learn to relax.
Todays stress is often ambiguous and ongoing, and you become less and less able to unwind.
Muscle tension can develop into problems, such as chronic headaches or shoulder and back pain, which themselves are stressful.
Worry and physical tension can interfere with sleep, leaving you exhausted with little energy or mental focus to tackle your problems.
You may even find your normal coping strategies add stress to your struggle to find time to exercise and social engagements
As pressure mounts the level of stress hormones in your bloodstream can become so high, that very little is needed to trigger a stress response.
Here is a little TED video that goes for about 4 min 15 seconds on what Stress does to the brain:
STRESS AND THE BRAIN