Stress: an unavoidable part of daily life. It can manifest in various ways, one of which is through physical tension in the neck and shoulder area. This can cause knots, stiffness, and pain, which can negatively impact our daily activities. In this blog, we will explore why stress causes tension in the neck and shoulders, and how massage therapy can help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
The neck and shoulder region is particularly susceptible to tension and knots due to its complex network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When we are stressed, our body goes into fight or flight mode, causing our muscles to tense up in preparation for action. This can lead to the buildup of lactic acid and other metabolic waste products, which can cause soreness and stiffness.
In addition, prolonged periods of stress can cause a decrease in blood flow to the neck and shoulder area, leading to the accumulation of metabolic waste and the reduced delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the affected muscles. This can cause knots, which are areas of tension within the muscle fibres that can be painful to the touch.
Massage Therapy to the rescue
Massage therapy can help ease the tension in the neck and shoulder area by increasing blood flow and circulation, which helps to flush out metabolic waste and deliver oxygen and nutrients to the affected muscles. The physical manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues can also help to break up knots and release tension. This can lead to a reduction in pain and stiffness, and an increase in range of motion and overall flexibility.
The Importance of Booking with a Qualified Massage Therapist for Neck and Shoulder Massages
It’s important to note that not all massages are created equal, and it’s essential to book with a qualified professional. The neck and shoulder region is delicate and complex, and an inexperienced massage therapist can potentially cause more harm than good. Therefore, it’s imperative to book with someone who has the highest qualifications and experience in dealing with these delicate areas.
When you book a massage at Figaro London, you’ll be treated by Chom, a professional member of the Complementary Therapists Association which thoroughly vets and certifies its members, ensuring that only the most professional therapists are recognised. Chom is passionate about the incredible results that complementary therapies like massage can achieve. It goes without saying that she is fully insured and holds the highest level of qualifications.
A professional massage therapist like Chom can assess the areas of tension and develop a customised treatment plan that addresses your needs. She can use a variety of techniques, such as Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Thai Combination massage or the highly targeted Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, to help relieve the tension and alleviate pain. By addressing the root cause of the issue and alleviating tension, she ensures that the relief you experience lasts well beyond your visit to the massage studio.
How often is it best to treat yourself to a massage treatment?
The frequency of massage therapy sessions can vary depending on your individual needs and the severity of your symptoms. In general, it’s recommended to have regular massages to help prevent the buildup of tension and knots in the neck and shoulder area. The frequency can range from weekly sessions for chronic conditions to monthly or bi-monthly sessions for maintenance and prevention.
In addition to massage therapy, there are several other things you can do to help prevent tension and knots in the neck and shoulder area. Practising good posture, stretching regularly, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest and sleep can all contribute to the overall health and well-being of your muscles and soft tissues.
By incorporating massage therapy and other healthy habits into your daily routine, you can maintain the health and well-being of your muscles and soft tissues, leading to a happier and more comfortable life.
Learn more about massage therapist Chom and her approach to a holistic massage experience, and book your session today.