Connecting to Wholeness

Massage Therapy St. Albert/Edmonton

Relaxation massage/Swedish Massage St. Albert

Swedish Relaxation Massage

A wonderful way to de-stress!

Almost 90% of all visits to primary health care providers, are due to stress related problems.  Stress is classified  either acute (short termed) or chronic (long term).  People experience acute stress when dealing with a life threatening situation referred to as "fight or flight" response, which increases blood pressure, heart rate and respiration as well as muscle tension, the bodys' way of guarding against injury and pain.  The problem with this today is many people are put into this mode constantly subconsciously throughout their day, in traffic, with work deadlines, credit card statements etc.

With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once, and then release their tension when the stress passes.  Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a state of constant guardedness.  When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, this may trigger other reactions in the body and even promote stress-related disorders, such as tension headache, IBS, and anxiety.

The musculoskeletal system is comprised of more than four hundred separate muscles and accounts for more than 40% of body weight.  Any one of these muscles can become overly fatigued, injured or develop spasms.  Muscle fibers are designed to tense and then relax.  A muscle can go through this tense/relax cycle indefinitely, as you walk, one set of muscles tenses while the opposing set of muscles relaxes.  However, a muscle under sustained tension without an alternating relaxation phase eventually develops spasm and pain.  Sustained tension from emotional stress, poor posture, or certain repetitive movements do not allow this relaxed phase to occur.

Unrelieved muscle tension leads to tension headaches, back pain, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain).  Chronic muscle tension pulls on the muscles' tendon, and can lead to pain where the tendon is attached to the bone.  Chronic tension on a joint or tendon can pull the body out of balance, creating new pains.  This may also cause an inflammation of the tendons, resulting in the painful condition called tendinitis.  Chronic muscle tension can result in a deterioration in muscle health, strength, and conditioning.  When weakened muscles are pushed beyond their physical limit, they spasm, which we experience as cramps in large muscles.

Conditioning and relaxation can reduce muscular symptoms of stress.  Strong, healthy, well conditioned muscles tolerate much more tension than weak, poorly conditioned ones.

Massage helps with blood flow to these weakened muscles and tendons




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