We all suffer from some form of stress in our daily lives, be that the every day stress of work, family, money to chronic stress that feels almost paralysing. There are different coping mechanisms for different people and one which I believe everyone can benefit from is massage.
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A quick science lesson
Stress is your bodies evolutionary fight or flight mechanism, affecting your whole body. The body keeps high levels of fat and sugars readily available. Over time, this results in fat and sugar cravings = weight gain. Muscles tense up and breathing is shortened. The immune system and hormones get suppressed. This is why so many people get ill when they go on holiday. Their bodies are able to relax causing the immune system to start itself back up again.
Lack of sufficient sleep and exercise can cause stress as can certain situations. You may not be able to control those situations, but you can control how you deal with them. Limiting caffeine and sugar, increasing exercise and becoming aware of your stress are all beneficial ways to cope with it.
Over the past couple of months, I have been trying Muscle Massage Oil by Base Formula. It contains sweet almond oil, lavender, clary sage, rosemary and sweet marjoram. Base Formula use only pure essential oils and together these help to relax and warm tight muscles and even act as an anti-depressant. Lavender alone is an anti-inflammatory and good at reducing depression, insomnia and anxiety.
Massage works with the parasympathetic nervous system, reversing the affects of stress. Touch sends signals to your brain saying “this feels nice” and in turn, your muscles relax and breathing deepens. As a massage therapist, I have had chronic stress suffers come to me as a last resort when they have felt conventional medicine has let them down. Over a series of treatments I have seen stress levels drop and sense of wellbeing increase. This makes me so happy to know that what I am doing is making a difference to someones life. You don’t need to be a professional therapist to reap the benefits. Self-massage can be fantastic and there are many videos online to help you with techniques. You could even find a willing partner and do a swap with them.
It is nice to find a massage oil for muscles that doesn’t smell like menthol. This makes it quite multi functional as the relaxing ingredients help highly stressed clients whilst loosening their muscles. A regular client reported that they felt the benefits of the treatment for longer after I used the oil. As for massage, a little oil goes a long way and does not dry out quickly which is great as I am able to spend more time hands-on.
Base Formula create a vast array of products including a skincare range. I am really happy with the oil so I would like to try their face masks and eye gels. I also want to try their Relaxing and Uplifting massage oils too and see what my clients think.
How do you deal with stress? Have you ever had an aromatherapy massage?