What Causes Stress For You?

When we are stressed, our body responds as though we are in danger and releases hormones that speed up our heart and breathing, to give us a burst of energy. This is known as the fight-or-flight stress response. Our bodies recover from normal short-term stress through relaxation, calming touch, emotional release, and social support.

When stressful situations last over a long period of time,…

Your Body On Stress


Stress starts here when your body goes on high alert because of a real or perceived threat. Your brain sets off your alarm system triggering your adrenal glands to release a flood of hormones including adrenaline and cholesterol, which increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Unfortunately, because so many of us are chronically stressed, our fight-or-flight response never shuts off,…

Stress-Reducing Tips for the Holidays

massage reduces stress

Self-care is important. Remember, tending to our self-care is just as important as outer activities and responsibilities because it is essential for maintaining balance, staying healthy, and feeling good. Nurturing ourselves is rooted in self-love, and it requires healthy boundaries so that we can say ‘yes’ more often to what supports our well-being, and ‘no’ to what isn’t in our best…

How Massage Can Benefit Our Relationships

Massage benefits for relationships

Oxytocin—the hormone-like chemical produced in the brain when we feel safe, connected, and receive caring touch—regulates the arousal level of our nervous system, and it produces a sense of safety and openness in our relationships.

Whenever we feel stressed, volatile, or are escalating into an argument, the stress hormones that are coursing through our body have revved up our nervous…

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