Massage & Stress

Relieve Stress

Stress is natural and in some ways it can even be a good thing. For example, any time you hit the brakes to avoid a car collision, feel anxious before an important appointment, or run from perceived danger, this is stress doing exactly what it’s supposed to. This is the fight or flight response needed by our prehistoric ancestors.

Symptoms of a Problem With Stress

If you begin to feel stress at all times, it can start to wreak havoc on both your physical and psychological health. Anytime you experience stress with no relief, it can trigger a negative stress reaction, which can lead to physical symptoms. Below are a few of the common symptoms of stress:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Change in eating or sleeping habits
  • Uncharacteristic outbursts of anger
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Problem focusing or staying motivated
  • Restlessness and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach

Almost every single symptom above can be improved by a regular massage therapy routine. Massages can lower blood pressure and heart rate, relax the muscles, and stimulate the body to release endorphins (also known as the “feel good” hormone). The result is a feeling of calm and relaxation, making it easier to deal with stress and anxiety for a short time. We recommend receiving regular massage therapy sessions in order to extend this relief from stress. 

Caring for both your body and your mind should be your top priorities. Adding regular massages to your self-care routine can help improve both physical and psychological health. Here at Pathway Massage, we want to help you experience the relaxation and relief from stress that you need in order to feel like yourself again.


For more information or to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Boise, ID message therapy office today.