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Beat Holiday Stress with Citrus Massage

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. If you are like so many others, preparing for Christmas can be not only a joyous time, but a stressful time as well because of finances, time constraints, and making sure to get the perfect gift for your loved ones. Now factor in work, social commitment, and travel plans, the holiday season can take a toll on your sanity. Discover how massage therapy, plus other relaxation techniques, can help you keep holiday stress at bay.

Signs of Stress

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of stress. Below are a list of possible physical symptoms of stress which can take a toll on you:

  • Low energy

  • Headaches

  • Irritability

  • Insomnia

  • Upset stomach

  • Frequent colds

  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

According to research by the AMTA, massage therapy can be effective for stress relief on both a physical and psychological level by decreasing blood pressure and heart rate as well as positively change your emotional state. When we experience stress our brains signal a “fight-or-flight” response. Stop stress dead in its tracks with these tactics to make the holiday season more enjoyable.

Reduce Stress with these Tactics

Citrus Massage encourages you to reduce stress and return to a state of relaxation and happiness with these three tactics:

  1. Exercise

  2. Social activities

  3. Massage therapy

Exercise

Physical exercise has been proven to reduce stress by reducing the level of stress hormones and stimulating the production of endorphins. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states, regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. So, go take a 30-minute walk or spend time in the gym to manage stress.

Social Activities

Avoid tense interactions and only participate in positive social interactions. Go to that Christmas parade, attend that tacky Christmas sweater party, and spend time with loved ones who make you happy. Laughing is good for the soul!

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been known not only reduce pain and muscle tension, but to reduce anxiety and stress. Improve your mood by adding therapeutic massage to your routine. Deep tissue, Shiatsu and aromatherapy are just a few massage techniques we offer that can help you decompress and relax.

Contact Our Massage Therapists

Since massage therapy is so effective in reducing stress and improving mood, we suggest you make an appointment with a professional massage therapist at Citrus Massage to relieve your holiday stress. You can also spread the holiday cheer by purchase a membership package or gift certificate for those special people in your life. Gifts may also purchased in person at our front desk or over the phone.

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