Touch therapies can seem a bit of a luxury in these days of recession, but the
truth is they've never been more important in reducing stress.
If you're working, you probably feel under more pressure: with escalating workloads; longer hours; sudden changes in work structures and environments; and uncertainty about the security of future employment. No wonder people are feeling more stressed than ever before.
Dealing with all these factors at work, plus the life events that can increase stress, such as: illness; family break-ups; caring for children or elderly parents, can leave you feeling exhausted and depleted, both mentally and physically.
To stay sharp at work and supportive at home, it's never been more important to get the balance right and sometimes that means stopping to notice what's happening.
A therapy treatment can give you an opportunity to stop and allow you to notice how you feel, to see the stresses and strains that are present in your life and to listen to your intuition as to how best to reduce the intensity of those stressors.
The relaxation that you will receive from a treatment will stop all your stress in it's tracks, because you can't be stressed and relaxed at the same time. By giving yourself permission to stop, you give yourself an opportunity to restore some balance to mind, body and emotion. And by allowing someone else to take the strain, even for just an hour, you give yourself permission to switch off completely, and that can't be a bad thing.
Often when we're stressed our mind runs the show, over-riding helpful signals from our body. If we lose touch with those helpful signals from our body, like tiredness, tension, thirst, hunger, or eye strain, we may be setting ourselves up for more serious conditions down the line. Touch therapies allow you to tune into your body and help to restore the mind/body balance: they help you develop awareness of what is happening in both mind and body and that's essential, because without awareness, nothing will change.