Stress is a normal part of life. It is essentially any positive or negative change to which we must adapt. How we respond to these changes determines the impact of stress on our lives. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. Studies have shown that massage therapy and bodywork contribute to a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol and help to release endorphins, thereby improving coping, promoting a sense of well-being, and improving overall health.
While massage therapy is most known for promoting relaxation, there are benefits of massage that can address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels far beyond just that. Specific techniques, when utilized by an educated, skilled and experienced professional can also: