Stressed Out? Try Massage!

There are numerous causes of stress that are present in our lives on a daily basis. When we become stressed our body reacts in various ways.

The top six symptoms of stress are:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of Interest
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Depression

A great way to relax and combat these symptoms is through a relaxation massage! (you can find other methods here!)

c700x420A relaxation massage is one of the most naturally beneficial experiences that life offers. It helps reverse the body’s physical reaction to stress and strain, calms the mind and helps satisfy the human need to be touched in a caring, nurturing fashion. Massage techniques are designed to reeducate your body to relax, unwind, rest and assume to its proper state.

Massage therapists are trained to “listen” to your body. Meaning, they use their hands to feel where the tension is located and through various techniques reduce that tension. Most people put their stress in their neck or upper back and that explains why there is so much tension and tightness in that area when we become stressed.

Relaxation massages are good for people of all ages! If you have a teenager who is stressed with school work, sports, or just everyday life, a relaxation massage can help them combat stress.

Schedule your relaxation massage today!

 

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7 Ways to Naturally Relieve Stress

There are many causes of stress in our daily lives; work, busy schedule, lack of time, school, deadlines, the list continues.stressed-out-mom

April is National Stress Month and though there are a lot of stress initiators in life, there are a lot of health repercussions that follow being chronically stressed out.

Everybody deals with occasional stress that can elicit a variety of mental and physical reactions.  But while occasional stress is natural and even healthy, chronic or acute stress can be harmful.  Here are a few ways to naturally relieve stress.

  1. Get a massage! Often when we are stressed, our muscles tighten up which can cause soreness, pain, and even subluxations in our spine.
  2. Take a break. Whether you’re neck deep into a stressful project or overwhelmed with hectic schedules, pause and take a few minutes to do some deep breathing. You can also take a short walk around the office or outside to help clear your head.
  3. Get some good sleep. Many people get more stressed out when they haven’t gotten a decent nights sleep, so make sure you are getting plenty of sleep every night.
  4. Set aside some “Me Time”. Take a bubble bath, go for a walk, have a girl’s night, do some yoga, spa day, go golfing, do whatever healthy activity you need to do to help yourself relax and treat yourself!
  5. Eat healthy. Reduce your environmental stress such as pollutants from your body by getting the right nutrition. Maybe it is even time for a detox to “restart” your body’s system. How we eat is important in handling stress. In fact, poor food choices themselves are a stress to our bodies.
  6. Workout! Exercise can bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.
  7. See your chiropractor! Chiropractic care is a great solution to help manage stress.  After all, chiropractic care focuses on the spine, which is the root of the nervous system especially the sympathetic nervous system.  One common effect of too much stress is muscle tension and contraction.  This imbalance in the body can cause pressure on the skeletal joints causing pain and dysfunction.  The nerves of the spine control your digestion, heart rate, muscle relaxation and so much more.  A chiropractic adjustment can help balance and ease muscle tension, reduce headaches and some studies show reducing high blood pressure.

If you can’t seem to find some balance, ask your chiropractor what you can do for stress and what are factors of your life that hinder your body’s ability to heal!

 

Stress Less While Shopping

shopping-painThe holiday season is upon us and along with it is the stress of shopping. Not only does finding the perfect gift put stress on our mind and emotions but also our body. Shopping doesn’t always have to be a chore, it can be a fun activity! Try these helpful tips to make shopping less of a pain.

  1.  Make a list. Create a list of people or items you’re shopping for. This makes it easier to avoid being enticed by store displays and going over your budget.
  2. Stay hydrated. If you make shopping a full day event it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinks like coffee, tea, soda and alcohol are dehydrators so stay away from those while shopping.
  3. Invite Friends Along. Enlist the help of others and they can offer advice, help carry bags, and make it more fun! They can also help keep you on track and pull you away from items you don’t need.
  4. Leave the huge shoulder bags at home. Wear a light cross body purse, fanny pack, or even a backpack instead. Chunky shoulder bags can put unnecessary weight on one side causing you to over compensate and can put your spine out of alignment.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes. Ditch the heels and put on something that can absorb the impact of walking for long periods of time.
  6. The easy way out is using the internet. Skip the lines and head to a computer to do your shopping. Just make sure you have good posture to avoid back or neck pain.