Spending time with family and friends to share the holidays together is exciting, but this can also be an extremely stressful time of the year. Worrying about who to get a gift for, how much you have to spend, trying to squeeze in shopping with holiday parties, it can all be overwhelming. For many people, the holidays mean added stress, headaches and sore muscles, when what you need is time to relax and enjoy the company of your spouse or best friend.
There is a quick and easy solution to reducing your stress while improving your health at the same time visiting the massage school at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine for a relaxing massage.
Relieve Stiffness and Soreness
One of the most beneficial things about massage therapy is how it can help to relieve stiffness and soreness. If the thought of relaxing on a table while a skilled therapist or a clinical student works the kinks and soreness out sounds like a dream come true, it may be time for a massage.
If you spend hours each day hunched over the computer searching for the best holiday deals, over time it can lead to pain and weakness in your back, spine and neck. A massage can get you feeling nice and relaxed again.
Uplift Your Mood
The stresses of the holidays can increase anxiety and even cause depression. During a massage, you can relax physically as well as emotionally, helping you feel more relaxed and happier. Plus, all that stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your sleep pattern. Muscle relaxation therapy can increase the serotonin levels in your body, which helps to increase melatonin. As these hormones begin to level out, your body will naturally begin to fall asleep easier and sleep better through the night.
Boost Your Health
Did you know running around on little sleep and lots of stress can reduce the effectiveness of your immune response to bacteria? It’s true! If you don’t take care of body and mind, you could wind up coming down with a nasty cold. A relaxing massage will help build your immune response, which can help you fight off a number of illnesses, including colds and flu. Massage has also been shown to relieve tension headaches. A professional therapist or clinical student can work on the trigger points of your neck, head and face to relieve chronic tension headache pain.
Get a Massage Today
There are massages available at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine to suit any purpose. Some of the special massages available include deep tissue, relaxation and neuromuscular therapy massages. For added stress relief, acupuncture treatments are also available.