It might seem like your boss controls everything you do, but it’s not really true. Actually, that would be your Central Nervous System, your body’s main computer.
Tight work deadlines, family responsibilities, not to mention the pressure you put on yourself, all add up to your body’s version of the caveman’s fight or flight response.
We might not have to worry about a saber tooth tiger, but your boss can sure feel like one. (Or maybe a very bad computer virus!)
The problem is this. The caveman fights the tiger and lives to see another day.
His stress is suddenly gone—poof! And he’s got dinner. Not a bad prize for a hard day’s work.
But today, it’s a different story. The stress never stops. You may think you learn to “live with it,” but your body spends every minute trying to balance out systems that are totally out of whack:
• Sleep—turns into insomnia
• Digestion—Heartburn, indigestion, constipation
• Immunity—More susceptibility to illness
Stress causes your heart to work harder. Breathing becomes more rapid and shallow; digestion slows. In fact, nearly every body process is degraded because of it.
You might not be able to turn off the stress—or run from it—like our ancestors, but you can do something about it. Take control of your health by including massage as part of your self-care plan.
Massage is the one therapy that actually gives you the stress release you need. That “limp as dishrag” feeling you get after a massage is working wonders to repair the damage that every day stress causes.
Massage has been clinically proven to:
• Reduce cortisol, the stress hormone responsible for that tummy you can’t get rid of.
• Reduce blood pressure
• Increase circulation and oxygen, which improves mental clarity
The National Institute Of Health and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry both published studies demonstrating the positive effects of massage on stress and anxiety.
Get the weight of the world off of your shoulders. Massage feels good and it’s so good for you. Do it for yourself and your family.
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