Here’s why massage therapy is the best stress buster

November 2nd, 2019

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Meeting deadlines at the office, balancing work and family and several health issues – all of us feel stressed out because of the pressures we are facing as part of our lives. Stress, if left untreated for a long time, can cause several chronic diseases and those who are already suffering from one, it can deteriorate the condition. Short-term stress, also called acute stress, can cause:
  • Emotional distress like irritability and anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stomach Upset
  • Inability to focus

However, if you are suffering from stress for a long period, it may lead to several serious health conditions:
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Diseases
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis

It is not always possible to take a break from our daily chores and leave everything, so what is the best possible way to deal with stress? The answer is simple – massage therapy. A relaxing massage is one of the best stress-busters as it helps you unwind and rejuvenate. Several massage therapies that can help you relieve anxiety and depression and also improve your overall health. However, it is important that you choose the right massage and therapist to get maximum benefits.

How do massages help?

Massage improves blood circulation, delivers oxygen to cells and lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, all of which help diminish stress. It also helps you de-link from every day worries. In addition to rebalancing your hormones, a good massage also releases muscle tension. When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten in response, and once your stress ends, your muscles generally relax. However, if you are stressed for a long time, your muscles may stay slightly, permanently tensed. If this goes on, you may get headaches, neck pain and joint aches.

Different types of massage therapies to manage stress

  • Aromatherapy: It is a full body massage, which harnesses the healing power of essential oils. It is great for relaxation, enhancing your mood and helping you relieve stress. Essential oils penetrate the body through the skin, creating multiple benefits beyond just their nice smell. They affect your mood, alleviate pain, detoxify your body and ramp up your immune system, depending on the oil used.
  • Swedish Massage: This full body massage relieves muscle tension through soothing strokes and increases the level of oxygen in the blood. It helps improve blood circulation and decreases the levels of stress hormone. It is a highly comprehensive and relaxing massage therapy.
  • Herb Poultice Massage: It is a full body massage done by using hot herbal poultices. The poultices infused with essential oils, herbs and spices, provide a nutrient-rich relaxation to the skin and muscles and stimulate blood circulation. These elements deeply penetrate the muscles reducing muscle soreness and joint pain.
  • Thai Massage: Thai massage employs stretching, pulling and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and provide relief from anxiety. It helps relieve muscle pain as well as joint stiffness and pain. The pressure applied to specific points on the body opens channels that in turn improves the flow of energy throughout the body.
  • Balinese Massage: In this massage, therapists use a combination of skin rolling, kneading and stroking to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph and energy. The massage increases energy levels and relieves stress by rejuvenating your muscles. It also nourishes and softens the skin.

Say goodbye to stress with the goodness of massage therapy at O2 Spa, India’s most awarded spa chain.


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