Bend,Oregon Massage & Bodywork
Is Stress Making You Fat?
What if I were to tell you that regular massage helps you LOSE weight? Well it can. Here’s why.
This causes hormone spikes, which makes you hungrier during the day – especially for salt and sugar, which increases your body’s inflammation response. Think water gain. Think about those body twinges including migraine headaches a day or two after you have binged on an entire bag of vanilla filled chocolate cookies. Sure it’s fun to unscrew them, scrape out the filling with your teeth and pop the yummy chocolate cookies in your mouth with no conscious thought of the next one as the pile of cookies in front of you grows. I know. I’ve been there.
What curbs the adverse hormone response and makes you sleep better at night is regular relaxation massage. The operative terms are relaxation and regular since your body is responding to worry and fear when it pumps out too much of one body tearing down (catabolic) hormone — cortisol.
Sleep is important to the stress recovery process. Massage therapy promotes better sleep patterns and also releases endorphins that neutralize cortisol in your system.
From a sports massage standpoint, massage can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep. By getting more and deeper sleep, the athlete is able to perform at his or her best. The lifter who goes to bed in a stressed out state will have difficulty getting to sleep and may often wake during the night or wake too early. All of this compromises muscle recovery because cortisol makes muscles more difficult to build. Massage will reduce some of that tension and promote deeper and longer sleep.
Effective stress management is NEVER a one-time event. It requires intention and follow-through and there is nothing better than a relaxing massage to shed stress and short circuit the resulting weight gain.