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Massage and Stress

EphNotes

“Several studies have shown that test scores improve dramatically after a massage.”

We all experience stress in our lives, it’s normal. The trick is learning how to manage it. Sometimes stress levels can increase to the point where it negatively affects our lives. When we feel threatened (stressed) our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is stimulated. If the threat or stress is removed after a short time there’s no problem. But continued stress moves the body out of balance. Stress can build up in our bodies much like snow accumulating on a mountain. Sometimes it just takes a little thing to set off an avalanche.

While not everyone has the same reaction to stress, elevated levels of stress generally translate into an inability to function at your peak, resulting in poorer grades. Numerous scientific studies have shown massage therapy to be highly effective in reducing stress levels as well as having a host of other very impressive health benefits.

There are many ways to relieve stress and it’s important to learn what works for you. For many, a stress reducing massage therapy session is an excellent tool for coping. By using a variety of hands-on techniques, a skilled massage therapist can help reduce stress by affecting the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and repose). Massage can help you relax, get back into balance, step back, and get refreshed and energized so you can go back to productive work.

Give massage a try at:
InTouch Massage & Day Spa
84 Water Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
458-3235

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