Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or attending one, the holidays can be stressful. We all have our own unique challenges and stressors that come with the season. The winter holiday season is full of potential physical and emotional stressors that can leave you feeling exhausted after all is said and done. Massage is a great way to prevent a lot of stress.  Here are some ways to help you survive the holidays and have a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year!

Here are some of the massage methods available to you in Slidell at Magic Touch you may want to consider for combatting holiday stress, tension, and physical strain.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly available massage that uses various alternating pressures to relieve tension and create a relaxing, calming effect on your body. This is a good option if you anticipate your holiday stress will be more emotional or social. It can be great as preparation for holiday madness, a self-care maintenance break while you’re in the middle or it, or a great way to recuperate after everything has returned back to normal.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is an intense, sometimes even uncomfortable, method of massage that strongly and strategically manipulates your muscle groups while also working to unbind certain kinds of tissue that stress or injury may have damaged. If your seasonal celebrations tend to have a heavy impact on you physically, consider a deep tissue massage. You can use it to ensure proper alignment before the wear and tear begins, you can use it to address any serious physical stress as it comes along, or you can use it to help you repair what may have been damaged over the holidays.

Surviving the Holidays With Therapeutic Massage

Partial/Focused Massage

This option is particularly useful if you don’t have a lot of time and know where you carry your tension. Maybe you don’t need a full body massage to help you get through the holidays. You might only need something like a hand massage, foot massage, or neck massage to keep you from hurting yourself or getting overly stressed out. Spare whatever time you can this year to take care of yourself, even in the small ways.

The benefits of getting a therapeutic massage over the holidays are numerous but two reasons really shine.

Therapeutic massage therapy has mental benefits:

  • You will feel relaxed
  • It is invigorating
  • It reduces stress, anxiety and depression.

Therapeutic massage therapy is not a cure-all but it can certainly be an effective way to alleviate stress, anxiety and the physical symptoms these conditions sometimes cause.

Massage therapy treats a range of physical symptoms including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Joint pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Muscle pain
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • And much more.

Therapeutic massage therapy is also a hugely effective preventive measure to prevent injury in athletes, the elderly, and everyone in between. Strain from repetitive movements like sitting behind a computer or driving a vehicle can also cause long term pain and injury, which can be mitigated by effective massage therapy.

Taking a few hours over the course of the holiday season for a massage will help alleviate the stress and anxiety that accumulates from work and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Massage can be helpful no matter what kind of holiday stress or anxiety you may be facing. Time and again, studies have proven that massage therapy is an effective way to lower stress. After a single session, you’ll walk away feeling happier, more confident, and less stressed.