2 Your Health: Therapeutic Massage and the Stay at Home Mandate

Heidi Overman, LMT

We’re all in the same boat. We can’t come and go as we please. We are worried about our health. We are stressed, because of the unknown. Our muscles, our nervous systems, and our whole bodies are in overdrive. Don’t feel it? Our bodies are amazing. They may adapt and may fool us into thinking we are fine, but in the background, our sympathetic nervous system is on and it’s sitting in fight or flight mode.

Our adrenal glands are triggered, which result in an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. These are only some of the responses to extreme stress on the body and mind. Emotional responses such as anxiety, fear, depression, and anger also are prevalent during and after long strains and stress on your body. So how do we deal with this?

There are many ways to start healing your body, mind, and spirit. This is a journey and even though this was a sudden event, it takes us a long time to tell our nervous system, our muscles and our adrenals that everything will be ok.

Schedule something nice for yourself. A massage is a great place to start. The benefits of massage are undeniable, but the benefits run deeper than you think. Yes, it increases relaxation. Do you know why or how?  Massage can elicit an emotional response. Massage can change your breathing and tell your nervous system that it’s ok to relax. It increases blood flow and helps to balance energy. Massage can release patterns that are held in your muscle tissues and even boost your immune system. It also gives you something mentally to look forward to.

There are many activities that will help reduce anxiety and stress. Meditation, walking, reading, painting, etc. When we can come out of this, your first steps to feeling good again will be important.

Schedule it now. Whatever that is. Put a star around it on your calendar.

We are all in this together and restrictions on our movement and these temporary limitations are small obstacles. The important steps we take are moving forward in a way that will heal our body, mind, and spirit.

If you are interested in a therapeutic massage, call MEND for an appointment at 520-771-1514. Our website is www.mymendingplace.com and we’re located at MEND Therapeutic Massage and Restorative Skincare 15920 N Oracle Rd., Ste 170 (next to the Golden Goose).