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How Massage Can Help Treat and Eliminate Anxiety
Having a good quality massage from a fully trained massage therapist has many health benefits, both physical and mental. Doctors often recommend massage therapy as a way to treat certain types of physical conditions such as chronic back pain and many medical professionals also support the use of massage to treat and eliminate mental health issues such as anxiety.
There is an emerging trend of people now starting to suffer with ‘reopening anxiety’ a type of anxiety that is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It involves a fear of going back to normal life after the very different experience of being in lockdown and for many people, working from home.
Going back out into social situations has been a cause of anxiety for some people, partly due to fear of infection but also due to being used to staying at home with limited social interaction. This anxiety can present itself in a wide range of ways, from experiencing difficulty sleeping, restlessness, irritability and headaches. It can seriously impact your overall health and control your life, so finding ways to manage anxiety is really important.
Coping with reopening anxiety
There are a number of ways to help manage reopening anxiety, such as trying to do things gradually rather than committing to doing lots of social activities straight away. It is also important to do activities that help you to relax, this could be going for a walk, reading a book, taking a bath or any other activity that gives you a wellbeing boost.
Going for a regular massage is another very effective way of managing any type of stress and anxiety, and some types of massage are specifically designed to reduce anxiety. Most types of massages are very good at relaxing your body, helping to lower blood pressure and slowing the heart rate down.
An aromatherapy massage using essential oils that target anxiety can be very helpful, with essential oils having medical properties such as relaxing, stress-reducing and soothing. A one-hour massage every few weeks can help to keep anxiety levels down.
There are pressure points around the body that a massage therapist can work on to help to relieve anxiety, such as the shoulder well point, as well as points on your foot, arm, hand and forehead. By applying pressure and massaging these points, a skilled massage therapist can instantly release tension and reduce anxiety.
If you are interested in having a high-quality massage, book an appointment with Spa Diamond for an expert treatment.