In fact, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for a great tool to relieve stress.
Dozens of studies have been conducted over the last few decades with the same outcome: massage therapy is a proven, non-invasive way to reduce chronic stress levels in the body.
As a result of this body of research, in 2006, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) took the position that massage therapy can be effective for stress relief, citing several sources including the International Journal of Neuroscience.
Stress is our body’s way in responding to physical and emotional demands. Depending on the situation, whether it is family or financial concerns, work or relationships, each of us copes with stress differently.
While short term stress can actually be good for us, continued routine stress can have negative impact on our health leading to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses.
Diet and exercise are also very important in dealing with stress, but it is worthy to note how much recognition massage therapy now receives as a proven discipline within the medical and scientific community validating its importance in this area.
I personally use massage to manage my stress and encourage you to do the same.
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