When stress spikes, most of us are acutely aware. We suddenly face sleepless nights, upset stomachs, short tempers, and anxiety-ridden days. These physical indicators can make it feel like carrying any stress in our lives might be impossible to miss. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Although our bodies are great at informing us when dealing with periods of extreme stress, it can be incredibly easy to ignore day-to-day stress or even periods of moderately heightened stress. When we live busy or stressful lives, we can often find ourselves downplaying or ignoring the symptoms that pop up because we think it isn’t that big of a deal.
Stress is a prevalent component in today's fast-paced world which can negatively impact an individual's health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is considerable research that validates our experience.
During periods of extreme stress, it can be incredibly easy to identify what’s happening in our bodies because it feels so vastly different from how we normally feel. When we experience lower levels of stress over long periods of time, it can be much harder to identify physical and mental symptoms.
Physical symptoms of stress can include:
Aches and pains like muscular tension, joint pains, inflammation
Chest pains or feeling like your heart is racing
Exhaustion and difficulty sleeping
Clenching your jaw or neck
Indigestion or other signs of an upset stomach
Getting sick more frequently as a result of a weakened immune system
Mental and emotional symptoms can include:
Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
These less subtle symptoms can creep up on us over time if we’re not careful and can damage our long-term health goals. It can even result in attempting to manage it with unhealthy coping mechanisms like drugs and alcohol.
How to Cope
Ready to make a change and live a healthier, stress-free life? The good news is that it’s easier than you probably even realize, and it doesn’t require too many complex lifestyle changes!
Learning how to stay present in the current moment is one of our biggest mental defenses against stress. This can seem like a tricky habit to develop, but practices for putting it into place are pretty small and simple. Writing down a few things that you feel grateful for, reflecting on the best parts of your day, or listing out the names of people who love you are just three small mindfulness practices that can have a significant impact in helping you refocus and destress.
Moving our bodies is a wonderful way to reduce stress and recenter. You don’t need to be an Olympic track star to see results, either. A quick walk around the block or doing a few simple stretches at home can be a great way to get your blood moving and release your pent-up stress.
Set Attainable Goals
Visualizing precisely what you’ve got on your plate can be a wonderful tool for mitigating stress. When we see our goals broken down into realistic, bite-sized chunks, it becomes much easier to focus on managing one thing at a time, instead of becoming overwhelmed by the long list of to-dos.
Quieting your mind for less than five minutes a day has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. If you’re interested in learning how to meditate, many phone apps, youtube videos, and even podcasts can help you learn to re-center and breathe for free!
Dedicated Self-Care Time
Self-care can take many forms. We learn to build an individualized habit over time by figuring out what feels good to us. Some people like to read a book or take a hot bath, while others might go out to a coffee shop or take in a movie. But, if you’ve been living with stress for a while, it can be tough to know where to start. We’ve gathered up a few go-to suggestions to help get the ball rolling.
Curate a quiet space: Dim the lights, turn on some soothing music and light a scented candle.
Make a healthy snack: Set aside time to sip a light, refreshing beverage while munching on your favorite sliced fruit or veggie.
Bring the spa to you: Getting a massage or scheduling salon services are perfect for reducing stress while caring for your body. With Soothe, we can bring those services right to your door with no extra stress.
Spa Day Gateway
If you’re interested in bringing a spa-quality massage or salon experience but unsure which, service is right for you. We’ve put together a list of our favorite stress-busting options offered here at Soothe.
Swedish Massage: This massage technique combines soft, long, kneading strokes and shorter tapping strokes to help reduce muscle pressure and ease tension in the body. 60 minutes once a week can have huge long-term benefits to your overall stress levels.
Deep Tissue Massage: Working the body at a slightly higher intensity, deep tissue massage pinpoints precise areas of muscle tension in order to relieve pain
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage: Thai massage can also capture the well-established benefits of yoga without actually doing yoga. As the practitioner gently moves clients into yoga-like poses, tight joints are opened, energy flows freely, and breathing is enhanced. A meditative state becomes part of the process, as both client and practitioner focus on breath and intention. Through the assisted stretches, clients’ muscles become less prone to injury, their joints have a greater range of motion, and their whole body enjoys greater flexibility. Many yoga enthusiasts are finding Thai massage adds a whole new dimension to their practice.
Pre-Post Natal Massage: Mothers have special needs as their bodies go through the many changes of pregnancy and childbirth. Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork designed to alleviate stress, muscle soreness, and tension and improve overall health. The many benefits of prenatal and postpartum massage therapy are recognized by obstetricians, labor and delivery nurses, midwives, and childbirth educators. The mother-to-be can unwind, relax and feel comforted throughout her pregnancy. Massage therapy during pregnancy is an excellent complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, and edema (or swelling).
24K Gold Detox Facial: Our signature 24K Gold Detox Facial uses pure 24k gold. This is a luxurious and relaxing treatment, which includes cleansing, exfoliation, massage, and two 24k gold masks. Gold is well known for its ability to remove toxins. It helps repair oxidation damage and helps to improve the appearance of age spots by helping to slow the creation of melanin, accelerating cell renewal, and decreasing skin inflammation. The 24k gold detox facial promotes lymphatic drainage by improved blood circulation while helping to enhance skin elasticity.
Gua-Sha Facial: Gua Sha Facial Fusion is a next-level facial therapy that brings about a fundamental change in the skin by clearing stagnation and accumulation in the channels, enabling the renewal of the lymph, activating circulation and stimulating cell activity and the regeneration of the facial tissue restoring inner mobility, the skin is able to naturally clear deleterious obstructions that lead to acne, rosacea, puffiness, dark circles, and sensitivities. Igniting this natural healing power, the skin flourishes, develop a fresh, healthy glow that radiates from within, and results in long-term benefits.
CBD works to penetrate the skin’s surface and naturally reduce muscular inflammation and tension, making it easier to get the most out of any massage service you book.
Download the Thai Serenity Spa app or check out the Thai Serenity Spa website for more booking options. You can relax and focus on feeling less stressed.