How does Thai massage reduce stress and anxiety?
Thai massage uses deep stretches and gentle pressure on energy lines to relax the body on a deeper level.
Stress is sometimes good. Prehistoric humans needed stress to fight or flee attackers. Stress boosts your heart rate and the cortisol levels in your blood sugar and diverts energy away from your digestive system and immune responses. And it is still handy when you need to jump back to the curb to avoid a negligent driver. But problems arise when you sustain high-stress levels for long periods.
- Behavioural Changes: Angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, over-eating or under-eating, social withdrawal, tobacco use
- Mode Changes: Anxiety, irritability or anger, lack of motivation or focus, restlessness, sadness or depression
- Body Changes: Chest pain, fatigue, headache, muscle tension or pain, sex drive, sleep, stomach upset
Virtually every symptom listed by the American Psychological Association can benefit from Thai massage. Research has shown that it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemical. Serotonin and dopamine are also released through massage, resulting in a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual as well as acute or short-term stress much easier to overcome.
This deeper level of relaxation improves the individuals’ outlook and emotional status. And deep relaxation promotes a deeper, more restorative night’s sleep, which refreshes you upon awakening.