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Basically, a massage offers several benefits to the body including relieving stress. Stress is believed to be a major risk factor for several prolonged diseases and can actually lead to symptoms becoming worse. There are a lot of massage therapies available, what is important is to find the therapist and therapy that meets your needs as well as lower your stress levels.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

Massage generally refers to rubbing, pressing and working the skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Massage on the body can be gentle by rubbing lightly, or deeper pressure can be applied. There are various techniques of massage including deep massage, Swedish massage or sports massage.

There are various health benefits you stand to gain by taking a massage so if you have not had one you can try it out.

HOW IT REDUCES STRESS

Stress can cause a lot of harm to your body. For instance, it can lead to an increase to your blood pressure and heart rate and can lead to your muscles tighten up. If you are stressed for a long time it can affect your body negatively. Massage helps you feel calm by putting your body and mind at ease, as well as relaxing your body and relieving you of stress.

Massage is seen as part of alternative and complementary medicine and is widely used side by side with regular treatment for many medical situations and circumstances. Research over time has shown that massage offers a lot of benefits including reducing stress, tension in muscles and pain. Below are more detailed benefits of massage, they include:

RELAXES MUSCLES
Stress leads to the muscles in the body to get tense. In situations where the stress does not last long the muscles relax. On the other hand, if the stress is continuous the muscle could be left in somewhat tensed state and could lead to issues such as neck pain, headache, pains and aches in the joints, prolonged back pain among others.

In such situations, a therapy can help in relieving tension in the muscles and relax them. Different techniques can be used by a massage therapist such at stretch, stroke rub or placing pressure on the muscle to enable them get back to their relaxed state which will help reduce the aches and pains from stress.

HELPS THE DIGESTIVE AND IMMUNE SYSTEM

When reacting to stress, the body preserves energy by subduing the immune and digestive system. This causes increased circulation to the heart, lungs and in serious stress cases can lead to decrease in activities of the immune system causing increase in the risk of flu, cold and diseases. Stress can also cause problems with the digestive system. The therapy can help in normalising the functions of the digestive and immune system.

It is a great way to manage your health and wellbeing, try to find a technique that suits your needs and requirements.