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4 Tips to Relieve Stress

October 15, 2015

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by Patricia Coldiron  
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You may feel like you should always be in control of your emotions, but you can’t ignore the pounding headaches, tight muscles, and short temper that you are suddenly experiencing. Everyone suffers from stress at some point in life, but by following some simple tips, you’ll soon be back to your cheerful self.

Here are 4 tips to eliminate stress:

Lean on God

God knows exactly what you need and is just waiting for you to call on Him for help. One of my favorite scriptures concerning stress relief can be found in Philippians 4: 6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Take It Slow

Taking deep breaths from the diaphragm allows full oxygen exchange throughout the chest and lungs. When you are feeling stressed, sit down in a comfortable position, put one hand on your chest, and the other on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose. If you are deep breathing correctly, you will see the hand on your stomach rise as you breathe, while the hand on your chest should only move slightly. Repeat 10 times and feel yourself relax.


You may feel like your thoughts are all over the place, and writing down how you are feeling will help you to clarify thoughts and put them into the proper perspective. Make a habit of journaling regularly, and you will discover the things that make you happy, while eliminating toxic people and situations.

Practice Gratitude

This tip has been the most helpful when I am feeling stressed. There are so many things to be thankful for, that even the worse problems don’t seem that bad. Practice gratitude by making a gratitude list of everything you’re thankful for. I like to do this in the morning and before I go to bed. Include everything you can think of. There is good food to eat, family and friends to treasure, a warm house to sleep in, and most of all a God who loves and leads us.

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Mac Tutoring Classes Online for Seniors and Others, comment

March 27, 2012

We treat many seniors at our massage therapy suite. Some of the seniors have been with us for several years. And we have noticed for a few that their brain functions have been slowly deteriorating. Massage does help the brain function some. But these senior need more. The online Mac computer classes mentioned is a good start. We will definitely recommend for some of our seniors to take the classes.

Do not forget that seniors and everybody need muscle exercise also. No one should sit or stand in front of a computer for long periods of time. The combination of brain and muscle exercises should help each one of our seniors live a more rewarding and fulfilling life.

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July 29, 2011

As a full time massage therapist, I am seeing more people under stress because of the uncertainty of the USA budget, finances, credit, and inability to pay. These people under stress are ordinary citizens and politicians. My heart goes out to both groups of people.

I do not understand how the politicians and the President can force the health care industry to spend money on federally mandated electronic medical records. This sadness occurs especially when our US government is requiring specific types of overbearing electronic medical records and it cannot balance its own budget.

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Mental Health Disorders

November 29, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Mental health is defined as the capacity to cope and adjust to the ongoing stresses of everyday life. Significant impairment of mental health to the point of inability to function is characterized as mental disorder. Neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with mental and emotional disorders are gamma-aminobutyric acid, acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. The following anxiety disorders are reviewed in this chapter: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. This chapter also discussed depression. Depression is classified as a mood disorder and as an affective disoder. The two hallmark signs of depression are prolonged period of profound sadness with marked hopelessness and a loss of self-esteem with a lack of interest in any activity. The chapter concludes with a discussion on emotional release during massage.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

August 19, 2010

A member of my extended family was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. At first, she thought she may have had postpartum depression, but that was ruled out because she did not start to experience the symptoms until 8 months after her child was born. Out of the blue, she started to worry constantly. Her worries were obsessive and about things that most people would not dwell on. She would worry about things like if she would die, what would happen to her daughter. She also blamed herself for her daughter’s epilepsy, which she herself has. Some of her other symptoms was a racing heart, shaking, crying for hours, difficulty breathing, and in general, being very unhappy. Her physician put her on antianxiety and antidepressant medication. After a good month or so, the mediations had seemed to help. If she had come to me for a massage while she was experiencing the symptoms of GAD, I would try to be very nurturing and focus the massage on areas of her neck, back and shoulders and make sure she was warm at all times. I would also avoid any aggressive techniques because this could increase anxiety.

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Mental Disorders

August 10, 2010

Massage therapy for a patient with a mental disorder can be a challenging session, but it can also be a rewarding one as well. After noting what mental disorder the client has, the therapist should make special considerations for that disorder and adjust therapy sessions accordingly. For example, if a patient has a phobic disorder, the therapist must first and foremost insure that the patient is not phobic to human contact. If this is not an issue for the patient, the therapist must then find what the patient is phobic to and remove the stimulus from the therapy session area if necessary to ensure the comfort level of the patient. If the patient has a panic disorder, on the other hand, the therapist should not administer therapy during an attack or when the patient is feeling particularly anxious. If a patient has a panic attack during a therapy session, the therapist should help the patient into a sitting position and encourage the client to take slow, deep breaths. The emergency contact person should be contacted to come and get the client from therapy in order to get them in a more comfortable environment, and the massage session should not be resumed if a client has a panic attack.

Mental Disorders

July 30, 2010

Mental disorders, especially Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder, are pretty common disorders that I may come across in my patients. The way these disorders cause people to feel could affect the way the patients view therapy, so I would want to plan a session to make it comfortable for them. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, for example, can have symptoms that cause people to feel very uncomfortable. Symptoms can range from heart palpitations, nausea, to sensations of choking. People suffering from Major Depressive Disorder feel intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness, fatigued, and sometimes suicidal. Bipolar disorder can cause people to be in a manic stage, where they are uninhibited and extremely energetic, or in the depressive stage, in which they are very withdrawn. The most important aspect when dealing with patients with mental disorders will be to make them feel comfortable and that they are in a place where they will not be judged.

Mental Disorders

July 23, 2010

It is very likely that a massage therapist will have a client with a mental disorder at some point in their careers. It is important for the massage therapist to be aware of the behaviors and feelings of their clients so that they can react properly or know to not react to certain behaviors.
If a client has a panic attack during a session, the therapist needs to know how to care for the patient. He should have the client sit, perform proper breathing exercises, speak with a soothing voice, and remain calm until the panic attack subsides. On the other hand, a therapist may need to just ignore a client’s behavior. For example, if a therapist has a client with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the therapist needs to be understanding when the client has a fear of touching objects that other people may have touched or needs to rearrange any objects in the room.

Mental Disorders

July 19, 2010

I was very interested in mental disorders and I have all ready come in contact with it during massage. I have a cousin who is bipolar and she has told me that massage actually improves her mood and keeps her on a stable level when in correlation to her medication which shows me some clients get so much satisfaction from massage like the beneficial release of hormones called endorphins and that people who have anxiety or panic disorders are always tensed and have tensed muscles so massage for them could help them relax and not have pain due to their disorders when it comes to bodywork.

Endocrine System, comment

July 16, 2010

I have read this blog and I agree with the information that is detailed by this massage therapist.  Most of the time people come for a massage to relieve stress.  After the session, I notice a positive mood change and a reduction in stress.  The reduction of stress will help the endocrine system by decreaing the amount of stress hormones in the client’s body.  The massage will aid them in their overall physical well-being.

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July 9, 2010

Title: Endocrine System Stress

The endocrine system is very important to our daily function.  It is in charge of keeping the body in homeostasis.  It communicates with the body through hormones.  Many people come to a massage therapist to relieve stress.  Not only will they experience a positive change in their mood, the massage will also affect their endocrine system by decreasing the amount of stress hormones in their body.  Some people may view those who receive massaged to reduce stress as using it as just a luxury, but these patients are really doing something that will aid them in their overall physical wellbeing.

Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

July 15, 2010

A past client of mine at a Chiropractor’s office suffered from depression and anxiety disorder. She came two times a week for a few months, then once weekly, and suddenly she started not coming for a month at a time. She had severe tight muscles in the whole upper body. No matter what I did she didn’t get any better. She would have emotional releases and start crying or just talk the whole session away venting her frustrations. She had anxiety about things going on with extended family, her own family, work, you name it and she would literally think the situation to death. She held on to everything. In a caring way I tried to tell her that she needed to let go of things because it was negatively effecting her body. She had headaches, menstrual problems, and upper body pain because she was so tense all the time. Her depression was keeping her from coming in for massages. She would have an appointment scheduled and at the last minute she would cancel because she was paniced about something. I tried relaxing swedish massage with her, aromatherapy, deep tissue, and reflexology. She would be better when she left but always came back with the same body complaints. Despite me trying everything I knew how to, this lady was not better when I last saw her after almost a year of massage sessions.

Terminally ill patients

July 15, 2010

Patients that have been diagnosed with later stage cancer or patients that have untreatable conditions are under unimaginable emotional, physical, and spiritual stress. These cases, when physician approved, should benefit from regular relaxing massages. Regular Swedish massage can help them let go of some of the burden they carry, even if it is just for an hour a week. If they are able to be in a better mood, this will help the situation at home with family as well. The therapist should make sure he or she does a thorough intake and works closely with the physician on changes in the clients health and medications.

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