Stress and tension.
At some time or other we have all suffered from muscular stress or tension in the neck and shoulder area. And really there are only two main causes for this; stress and poor posture throughout the day.
We are creating a huge range of health problems in our present day western lifestyle, problems that can largely be attributed to stress. Ulcers, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, strokes, insomnia, allergies and depression to name but a few. Around sixty percent of all patients in a doctors surgery will be there with stress related problems.
Now all this stress and tension that we feel has got to manifest itself somewhere hasn’t it. Yes you’ve guessed it in the neck and shoulder region, time and again I’m sure you’ve experienced tightness around the neck, stiff shoulders, the feeling of ‘fight or flight’. It’s almost like we’re a dog with it’s hackles up when we get stressed out. It can directly affect our breathing, nervous disposition and ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand. What good would we be at a high pressure job whilst suffering all these symptoms?
Whilst in the military I and many others lived constantly with these feelings and symptoms, and I’m sure to a large part the only thing that ever stopped us from making grave mistakes was the possible cost of life or serious injury. So I’m sure we would all agree that we need to remove this discomfort and ill feeling from our lives in order to make our life and us as individuals better and more productive.
Our head weighs nearly 5 kg and when you think about it, the head is quite precariously balanced above our shoulders. So in order for our head to keep in position and not flop about or just drop to our chest we have got to have some serious musculature to hold everything in place. Little wonder we get all this muscle tension in the neck and shoulders when all these strong muscles are working hard every hour of the day. Every movement we make; leaning forward, tilting to the side, reaching for something at a distance, you name it our body has to compensate for the actions we take.
Of course the neck and shoulders are not the only places where stress and tension will manifest, the face is also adversely affected by stress. The jaw may be held tight, forehead creased into a frown and the eyes tightened up as though looking into bright sunlight. Headaches and eyestrain are often common in times of stress.
How can Indian head massage help?
By having an head, neck and shoulder massage with this particular style, you are actively encouraging the reduction of tension. Bringing about a calm, relaxing feeling which not only reduces stress but also improves circulation and vital energy flow. Increased joint mobility and gentle muscle toning are also experienced along with mild invigoration and stimulation.
Toxins caught up in your muscle fibres are flushed away, the lymphatic system is stimulated and any resting fluids will be dispersed from the areas massaged. Oxygen rich blood is encouraged into the massaged areas to improve circulation and transport of vital nutrients.
What conditions can it help?
Eyestrain, headaches, tinnitus, jaw ache, sinusitis, insomnia, muscle tension, muscle pain, muscle adhesions, stress and anxiety, mental strain, joint stiffness, tiredness.
All in all this is a wonderful relaxing and stimulating massage. Which is gentle and pain free and which works from the offset and if regular treatments are maintained the benefits just increase.
At first I must admit I was very sceptical about how well this technique works, simply because it is so light and gentle, being a sports massage therapist I couldn’t see how all these gentle movements could create such relief. But I was proved wrong and as yet I have never had a client which hasn’t displayed relaxation and relief from stress, tension and pain.
So the only thing left for you to do is try a session. The treatments usually last only twenty minutes so it is relatively quick and really what do have to lose. If it works for you then great, you’ve found something good to rid some of the discomfort from your life.