Fear seems to be one of the undercurrents driving a lot of public dialogue lately. Although often unspoken (and more often than not located outside of conscious awareness), fear remains a significant influencer of our thoughts and behaviors.
As the month of April is "Stress Awareness Month", it's a good time to remember that fear and anxiety are protective mechanisms designed to keep us safe. But gone unchecked, fear can keep us from living freely and can create physiological and psychological chains of reaction that have potential to negatively impact our health, relationships, and work.
One of the first places we notice this interaction between fear and restricted living is in the breath. When fear takes over, breathing patterns become rapid and shallow - a strategy the body uses to help us survive and prepare us for "fight or flight". But when emphasis remains merely on surviving (crucial during moments of intense stress but unsustainable long term), it's difficult to move toward thriving.
Massage therapy is one holistic tool to break through this cycle of repetitive stress, restoring us to more relaxed ways of being and breathing.
And not only do therapy sessions calm our breathing in the moment, but bodywork has been shown to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and increase patients' sense of control and well-being over time. Regularly prioritizing massage as a valued part of your wellness plan can help keep stress in check for the long haul. Make April the month you commit afresh to taking care of yourself.
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// FOR LIFE.