Massage And Its Role In Alleviating Anxiety

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, such as; ongoing stress; biochemical factors and trauma. Anxiety can present as feelings of fear; worry; restlessness; difficulty concentrating; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; fatigue; headaches; digestive concerns and muscle tension. Factors which can help reduce the effects of anxiety include; connecting with others; practicing relaxation techniques; exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. 

How Massage Can Help

Massage is widely used in all cultures to evoke feelings of deep relaxation and reduced anxiety. The anxiety-reducing and mood enhancing benefits of massage are a result of decreased levels of cortisol and increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts automatically to calm the body and brain during times of stress.

Relaxation massage techniques include rhythmic, slow, flowing movements used to promote general relaxation, relieve muscular tension and improve circulation and range of movement. The pressure used during the massage varies depending on client preference.

Training Your Mind And Body To Relax

Receiving massage is a way of training and allowing the mind and body to relax. By recognising the feeling of relaxation, we are then able to return to it more easily. Once this has been learnt it becomes easier for us to enter this state and let go of any muscle tension that could be contributing to feelings of anxiety. We have then developed mental and physical habits to help us cope when anxiety arises.

How Regularly Would I Need A Treatment?

Regularity of massage is a very personal thing.  The decision should be influenced by your lifestyle, levels of stress, levels of activity and personal preference. We generally suggest building a routine of monthly massage but more regularly if you exercise often, have high levels of stress in your life or if your body requires it more frequently.

We Tailor Your Massage To You

Your massage at pH Clinic will always be tailored to your specific needs and how you want to feel during and after your treatment. Please discuss your requirements with your therapist prior to your treatment. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Charlotte is a fully trained Remedial massage therapist with AMT accreditation.
She began her studies in massage when living in the UK, completing diplomas in Swedish massage, Facial massage, Reflexology and fitness instructing.

When moving to Australia, Charlotte completed her Diploma in Remedial massage at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies.

Charlotte’s specialities include:

Remedial massage (injury focused)
  • Deep tissue/sports massage
  • Swedish/relaxation/facial massage
  • Reflexology
  • Pregnancy massage

Charlotte works a full day on Sundays every fortnight. Click here to book in.

pHClinic Team

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