Massage and acupuncture – how to relieve your stress

These days, stress and tension are very big problems in our culture. People’s working lives are very demanding, and on top of this they need to think about family, partners, children, and all of the situations that go along with living in the modern world. It has become normal to live under constant stress, but this should not be! Humans are not designed to be stressed and unhappy all of the time. Instead, we should all be striving for mental and spiritual happiness. So, if you have a very demanding life, how can you achieve this?

Alternative health therapies

No longer just the domain of “alternative type", alternative health therapy is a fantastic way for you to be proactive and help your mind, body and spirit. Until recently, these sorts of therapies were viewed with suspicion by many people in western culture. We have had the opinion that these are not "real" therapies and that they have little value. However, in recent years this attitude has changed greatly. There has been an influx of eastern medicine, mostly imported from China and India, that have been shown to be greatly beneficial and have become immensely popular. Think of the popularity of things like Yoga – 50 years ago yoga would only have been done by those alternative types that we mentioned. However, these days you will find people from all walks of life and all ages practicing yoga and receiving it’s amazing health benefits.

Massage for stress relief

Massage is an alternative therapy that has become so popular that it is barely thought of as alternative anymore, however it is still a natural health therapy given that it uses no drugs or chemicals to achieve it’s aim. When you go in for a massage, there are several options open to you. It is possible to get just a shoulder or neck massage, but for the best health benefits you will want to go for a full body massage. When you arrive, your massage therapist will talk with you about what stress you have, any aches in your body, and any injuries that they should be aware of. Then they will tailor the massage to your specific needs. You will usually be taken to a room that is clean and soft and that has some nice relaxing music playing. Your massage therapist will use a variety of aroma therapeutic oils for your massage – these scents will give you an added element of relaxation. The massage that you will receive will depend on your preferences – if you prefer a strong massage to knead out the knots in your muscles, then your massage therapist can provide this for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer a soothing, light massage to help you to relax, then this is another option open to you. You only need to ensure that you are very clear with your massage therapist about what you want – they are not a mind reader after all!

Acupuncture – a great alternative therapy

If you want to try something that is a little different from massage, then you might be interested in the practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been around for centuries, although it has only been used in western cultures for a few decades. Acupuncture uses a similar premise to massage – it is about targeting key areas of the body in order to relieve stress and help the body to relax. However, acupuncture has the difference of the use of dry needles to achieve this aim. An acupuncturist will insert very thin needles into certain parts of your body – the pressure points. These points are located at points such as nerve endings around your body. These key places are the ideal places to help your body to relax. If you are thinking that acupuncture sounds a little frightening, do not be worried! You can barely feel the needle being inserted into your body, and it is not like getting a shot or having blood drawn! However, it is important that you only use a certified practitioner, as they will know the secrets of using the needles properly so that there is no pain. Acupuncture is a great way to help you to relax, and it is something that many people have credited with helping them with their stress problems and other ailments.

If you are tired, stressed and fed up with your life, then you will find that you will greatly benefit from alternative health therapies. In particular, massage and acupuncture are fantastic ways to relieve stress and put you back on the road to physical, mental and spiritual happiness and health.