As the climate has now transitioned from the lazy summer into the hectic fall season, it’s natural for one to feel a bit more stressed, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Whether you are facing a major deadline at work, have children going back to school, or are busy planning a vacation for the holidays, the coming months can certainly take its toll on your well-being. Massage therapy at a Denver massage clinic offers you a way to fight back.
Stress is something you should never take for granted—your very life could depend on it. In one particular study conducted at the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University, it was revealed that chronic stress could, in fact, be fatal.
The most stressed-out people have the highest risk of premature death, according to one study that followed 1,293 men for years.
“People who always perceived their daily life to be over-the-top stressful were three times more likely to die over the period of study than people who rolled with the punches and didn’t find daily life very stressful,” according to Carolyn Aldwin. She directs the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University and led the study, which is scheduled for publication in the journal Experimental Gerontology.
“There are a number of ways chronic stress can kill you,” says Aldwin. That includes increased levels of cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, and increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.
Massage reduces cortisol
Cortisol, also called the stress hormone, is a naturally occurring hormone in the body. The body releases it in response to stress, and although it has many benefits, it has plenty of downsides as well, as suggested by the news excerpt above. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce cortisol levels in the body naturally, and it’s called massage therapy. In a series of studies, researchers discovered that massage therapy could lower the body’s cortisol levels by as much as 53 percent. Apart from that, massage also increased serotonin and dopamine levels, which are important in reducing depression.
Get the massage therapy you need today
If stress is taking a huge chunk out of the fun in your life, a massage therapy at a Denver massage facility can help you regain some of it back. Massage enhances the connection between the body and the mind, leaving you with a calm and centered feeling.
(Source: Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You, National Public Radio, Sep. 22, 2014)