Benefits of Massage for Holiday Stress Relief

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

Benefits of Massage in Utah - Matrix Massage & Spa

If you already are experiencing stress in other areas of your life, you may be especially vulnerable to increased anxiety during the holidays. When you find yourself stressed, don’t overlook how serious the physical problems that can develop as a result. Let the professionals at Matrix Spa & Massage offer some welcome relief to the stress brought on by the holidays.

Effects of Holiday Stress on Your Body

When you juggle too many seasonal responsibilities without taking the time to unwind and relax, you may be laying the groundwork for serious long-lasting problems. Whether it’s from work, personal problems, or standing in line at the department store, the consequences of stress can last long after the holidays are over. Repeated stress can lead to:

A number of minor health issues such as acne, fatigue, insomnia, and stomach discomfort can also be caused by or aggravated by stress. No one wants that at a time when they want everything to be at its best.

Health Benefits of Massage

Mark Rapaport, MD, the chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles reports that massage does a lot more than make a person feel good. In a study at Cedars-Sinai, blood tests showed that people who had a moderate pressure Swedish massage experienced an increase in white blood cells and decreases in stress hormones, both of which indicate a boost in the immune system. Light touch treatments produced higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding, making massage an effective treatment for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

It is estimated that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related in some way. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be out of the question, massage can, help manage stress and that translates into enhanced sleep quality, reduced anxiety, improved concentration, reduced fatigue, and greater energy. In short, regular massage leads to a more balanced self and improved health.

Though you have seen it that way in the past, massage is not just a luxury, but also a proven treatment for many medical conditions. A professional massage therapist can help prevent further injury and dysfunction that may have been the result of an overstressed system.

Getting a massage as a regularly scheduled form of self-care can play a tremendous role in how healthy you’ll be long after the holidays. Consider budgeting time and money for massage at consistent intervals a gift to yourself as an investment in your health. Just because massage makes you feel pampered doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic and good for your long-term health. Consider massage appointments a necessary aspect of your overall health and wellness.

Let Matrix Spa & Massage Lower Your Holiday Stress

At Matrix Spa & Massage we offer the kind of massage therapy that is the perfect answer for the increased demands of the holidays and the stress that comes along with it. Schedule an appointment today, or call us at 801-505-9340 and let us be a part of the best holiday season you’ve had in a long time.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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