Massage Therapy St Paul MN

Stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Stress can be created from both negative and positive situations. If not taken seriously, stress (whether it is from positive or negative stressors) can have a very negative reaction to our physical well-being. In the short term stress can cause such symptoms as insomnia, headaches, backaches, tension in muscles, and irritability.

Massage Therapy and Stress

Areas of the body affected by stress

If it continues, stress can cause ulcers, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, even hair loss.

Although we cannot totally rid ourselves of stress, there are several ways we can effectively deal with it. It would be nice to just avoid what stresses you, but that is not always possible. A simple response to stress is to change your reactions to stress and find ways to let go of some of your stress.

One way to handle stress is to practice positive self talk. Going into an already stressful situation with negative thoughts only compounds the issue. However, if you go into the situation seeing the bright side of things you find it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought.

Another way to handle stress is to take time to let yourself unwind. Thirty minutes to an hour a day is best. A few good ideas for this would be meditation, take a hot bath, or go for a walk. Some days, no matter how hard you try, you just don’t have time. On those days take short five or ten minute breaks throughout the day. Give yourself time to step away and clear your head.

Finally, the best way to take care of stress is to take care of yourself. Eat a well balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get a massage on a regular basis to help maintain your body’s natural de-stressors.

Massage Therapy

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance massage therapy provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Benefits of Massage

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts or sports injuries.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Research has shown the enormous benefits of touch, which ranges from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviate the tensions of today’s lifestyles. As a result, the medical communities and insurance companies are embracing message therapy as part of an integrated part of your overall needs. Many hospitals are also incorporating massage therapists to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

The American College of Physicians and American Pain Society guidelines for treatment of lower back pain recommends that patients and doctors consider other options with proven benefits, such as spinal manipulation or massage therapy.

And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage therapy a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.