Stress is a common word in our society and it is thrown around in everyday language like it’s a normal state, like happiness. While it is true that we live in a fast paced society-STRESS definitely is NOT a state that are bodies are designed to constantly sustain for long periods of time. It is important to take initiative to get a handle of this element in our lives, in order to live longer and happier!
However, stress is beneficial in certain contexts, for example it will keep you alive in face of threat or disaster. The ‘fight-or-flight’ instinct is quite proficient in providing a state of physical and mental readiness, the response prepares the body to either fight or flee the threat.
It is also important to note that the response can be triggered due to both real and imaginary threats.
With real threats this can save your life. With imaginary threats this will take a toll on your body with health consequences, sometimes quite severe. If you are unable to take the time to appropriately calm yourself, it can have a negative and instant impact on your body.
First your nervous system gets triggered and gets kicked into high gear. Once this happens, additional responses will directly fall in behind this activity in order to assist in the maintenance of the nervous system and the signals that it is distributing back and forth between the nerves, brain, and other areas in the body. The blood pressure levels in the body will increase and this can possibly result in the development of heart disease, failure of vital organs such as the kidneys, failure of the heart, and even stroke!
Is Massage Healing?
I would like to share with you a personal story on why I went into massage therapy many years ago. I get asked this question a lot and I will answer it briefly for you now.
When I moved to the United States from Canada I was young and quite naïve. I ran off with my prince charming with big dreams of living happily ever after, just like in the fairytale movies. He was a professional athlete and I at the time was modeling on a regular basis. A perfect match right?