We put ourselves through so much stress. Work, finances and our personal lives can trigger it. Life doesn’t stop when we are overwhelmed. As we get older, life tends to add more on our plate. Stress can be categorized as either short or long term.


Stress used for a short term can be beneficial because it can be used  for motivation. For example, If you have a deadline to meet for work, short term stress can push you a little to complete it. Short term is temporary and it doesn’t have lasting effects.  Long term stress however, has no benefits to you because it causes lingering health issues.


Our stress is managed by the cortisol hormone. The cortisol hormone regulates our sleep patterns, moods and blood sugar. When your cortisol levels go unchecked, your body will feel the effects.  

Some physical signs that your cortisol levels are too high:

  • High blood pres­sure
  • Mood swings
  • Mus­cle weak­ness
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive


If your levels of stress go unchecked, then you can develop Cush­ing’s syndrome. Getting a professional massage helps relieve stress and it improves your overall health. You may be reading this and realize that you’ve never gotten a personal massage. This isn’t the kind of massage you ask your friends for.  Professional massage therapists are trained to take care of your problem areas.


Massage therapy is a practice that has been used for holistic healing for thousands of years. According to www.healthline.com  Shiatsu massage is great for reducing stress and helping you relax. Shiatsu massage was created by Tokujiro Namikoshi in the 1920s. Tokujiro created the technique to treat his mother‘s rheumatoid arthritis. This ancient Japanese technique can help improve the following:

  • Restores energy to the body 
  • Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Increases positive moods


During a Shiatsu massage, your massage therapist uses hand and palm techniques to relieve tension in your body. When getting a massage, use the time to center your mind and relax. Stress starts in the mind first then manifests itself through the body. Identify the triggers for your stress and release them. You will come out of your massage session feeling refreshed, energized and stress free. Schedule a massage at least once a month as part of your health routine. 

Next time you feel stressed, ask yourself, “Is this helping or hindering me? Is this stress going to cause me more discomfort throughout the day?” If you answered any of those questions with a yes, then it’s time to regroup. Take care of yourself first and listen when your body signals you to take a break.


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