My Healing Hands was delighted to support Lancashire Mind recently with its De-Stresstival event at Ribblesdale High School!
Whilst the pupils boogied on down to a bit of rave over lunch and enjoyed a variety of wellbeing activities, the teachers were treated to rejuvenating and replenishing massage sessions in the quiet space of the school counsellor’s office!
A win-win day for all – using a range of creative techniques to de-stress pupils and teachers alike at what was a challenging time for all - exam time!
Stress can become a vicious circle with negative effects on the body, mind and spirit, if left unchecked.
Stress can cause a range of negative symptoms on the body – aches, pains, muscle tension, headaches plus have less obvious unwelcome implications such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Mentally and emotionally, stress can take its toll causing anxiety and depression.
Persistent stress can deplete the body’s immune system, making it susceptible to lacking energy and low mood and ultimately ailments, infections and illness.
Familiar with the following scenario?.... The body feels depleted and tired and you might counter that with coffee – you get an instant hit and feel great. Caffeine is great fuel for a quick boost that can improve and enhance productivity! There is a price to pay however! The body is depleted further after the effect of the caffeine wears off, and now the body has further complications to deal with –the original fatigue returns and the stress hormone cortisol is running through the body which can diminish the body’s immune system and actually create more stress. You have another cup of coffee…. The energy you acquire is false and simply makes your body even more and increasingly tired. Before you know it, you’re hooked on the caffeine and in its absence, feel grouchy and tired and may be now have brain fog to contend with…which only clears up with coffee…
Whilst stress is inevitable in our lives, it is worth learning to manage it in ways that are healthy to the body rather than detrimental. Massage therapy is a wonderful stress buster!
It rids the body of cortisol and adrenaline that can be coursing through our bodies from stress, caffeine, sugar drinks. Simultaneously, it floods the system with feel good hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin that can promote deep relaxation and soothe frazzled nerves. Massage can smooth out tense and tight muscles and tissues, another symptom of stress, and it offers an opportunity also to be present, to park any rumination over the past and worries over the future and instead submit to the moment and clear the mind.
Massage is a win-win option too therefore – it offers a range of health benefits whilst helping you to feel great!