Do You Really Know About the Effects of STRESS on Your Body?

HOW STRESS EFFECTS THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS OF THE BODY

backacheSKELETAL Stress causes muscle tension which causes poor posture, hunched shoulders or clenched jaw (creating headaches, tooth conditions) – stiff joints, problems with spinal vertebrae.

MUSCULAR Excessive muscle tension and muscle pain especially in the back and neck which can restrict blood flow around the body.

CIRCULATORY The heart beats faster thus pumping blood more quickly. Excessive and unresolved stress can lead to high blood pressure coronary thrombosis and heart attacks.

LYMPHATIC The Lymphatic system transports excess waste and toxins which circulatory system cannot cope with away from cells and tissues. When circulation is under pressure the lymph works to strengthen the body’s immunity. If Lymphatic system is under pressure from stress immune system suffers thus being more susceptible to colds, coughs, viruses, flu etc

ENDOCRINE Stress is a threat to body and it responds to it like any other danger. Adrenal medulla releases adrenaline and noradrenaline to help us with the fight or flight response. Arrival of adrenaline in body faster heart rate, faster breathing, sweating. Glucose rush from the liver, helps to heighten senses. Prolonged stress can cause amenorrhoea in women and low sperm production in men.

Concept lifestyle image of a signpost directing Work Life Balance against a blue cloudy sky.

Concept lifestyle image of a signpost directing Work Life Balance against a blue cloudy sky.

DIGESTIVE Common effect are ulcers, anxiety and lack of relaxation causes over production of gastric juices, without anything to work on they will attack the lining of the stomach. Other effects are IBS and or Constipation

RESPIRATORY Breathing rate increases as shallow breaths are a result of stress.

NERVOUS Anxiety fear and other negative feelings affect the nervous system causing heart rate to increase, breathing difficulties, sleep disturbances and stomach problems. All physical effects are caused by nervous system over-working in response to stress.

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BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF ON SITE MASSAGE

BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF ON SITE MASSAGE On Site Massage has varying benefits, not least because it was designed to be taken into the work place and only takes 15 minutes and can therefore be easily integrated into a working day. In doing so it lets people experience massage who may have otherwise never experienced it and opens their eyes to the benefits they can receive on different levels. Massage benefits the boy on physical and psychological levels as well as increasing a person’s energy levels and for some it can be a spiritual experience due to deep relaxation. However deep relaxation is not possible with On Site Massage as it is designed to be both relaxing and stimulating this important when taking treatments into the workplace. A client who is very relaxed, possibly feeling tired is not going to perform at their best and therefore employers will not be impressed.Events 002

On Site massage is designed to work specifically on the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands, all of these areas hold tension often from stress. It may be surprising that hands can hold muscular tension but it is very true, particularly of the office worker and people using computers. Also these people can hold tension in the other areas mentioned above because of poor posture, their sedentary working/home life, sitting in one position for more than 30 minutes. For these people in particular is it important that they get up and move around at least every 30 minutes. This increases the heart rate (even a minimal increase is beneficial) which increases the circulation, speeding up the exchange of oxygen and nutrients the tissues will release carbon dioxide and waste back into the circulation to be excreted. In this way the body is functioning more harmoniously and as a result of this the person feels refreshed and better able to carry on with their work._MG_8615

On Site massage heightens this effect by stimulating the circulation, relieving muscular tension and working on acupressure points on the subtle energy flows of the body called meridians. The acupressure points clear the body of energy blocks and specific points are more important than others. They relate to different body systems and different areas of the body, therefore by using them in this massage sequence the client is receiving maximum benefit in a short space of time.The acupressure points used in this massage relate to the following meridians-

Large Intestine Gall Bladder

Small Intestine Bladder

Heart

Heart Protector/Pericardium

Lung

Triple Warmer/Triple Heater

Acupressure points are not to be used lightly it is essential to have a knowledge base about them and how they affect the body.

HOW MASSAGE CAN RELIEVE AND TREAT STRESS Massage uses the sense of touch which can be quite a neglected sense, even between partners and families. People are all different and some are more tactile than others. Therefore because massage involves prolonged touch it can be very comforting particularly for those people on their own or following bereavement.

The body is stimulated into releasing endorphins which are pain relieving hormones and produce feelings of euphoria.
It stimulates the body’s cells into renewal and repair.
Immune system is given a boost, when the body is under stress the immune system is weakened, this is why people can have frequent infections.
Circulatory and Lymphatic systems are stimulated thus energy levels are increased.
Induces a state of well being and boosts self esteem and raises a person’s mood, thus aiding depression.
Quiets the mind and body producing a state of deep relaxation.
Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which lowers respiratory and heart rate and aids digestion and aids deeper breathing.
SECC 5SHORT TERM PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS 

Improves skin tone and colour by improving circulation and desquamation.
Enhances circulation thus improving the efficiency of nutrient and oxygen delivery to the cells and tissues of the body and the removal of waste products.
Encourages lungs to be more efficient by producing a slow but deep breathing rate.
Aid digestion by stimulating elimination via bowel and bladder.
Aids sleep therefore helping insomnia
Aids relief from stress which manifest in the body as panic attacks and headaches.
Relieves muscular fatigue and tension by improving toxin removal from congested muscles.
Improves lymphatic drainage and therefore can help reduce swelling.
Relives stiff joints aiding their mobility.
Encourages a sense of well being and relaxation.
Helps to sedate or stimulate the nervous system depending upon the massage given.
The CarrotLONG TERM PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Enhances circulation
Enhances skin elasticity
Enhances immunity
Enhances function and suppleness of muscles and relieves muscular knots and nodules by breaking them down
Lowers blood pressure
Provides balance to the digestive system by improving digestion
Enhances sleep thus relieving insomnia and can help reduce occurrence of nightmares
Encourages deeper breathing and improves respiratory function
Relaxes the nervous system and improves communication within it, this helps to prevent muscle spasms caused by anxiety and stress.
SHORT TERM PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Relaxes body and thus reduces tension and stress in the body
Relaxes mind, reducing stress and anxiety which can in turn improve concentration and mental alertness
Reduces mental fatigue and irritability
Comforts and calms on different levels
Enhances feeling of well being encouraging positive feelings
Improve energy levels due to stimulating the body’s systems and thus reduces fatigue
LONG TERM PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Ensures prolonged relaxation of mind and body
The body is no longer in a state of tension and stress both physically and mentally, therefore energy levels are increased.