The Different Types of Stress & How Massage Tames Tension

woman resting during massageFinancial woes, job changes, challenging family relationships, unsettling world events. It’s no surprise that so many often feel stressed. While stress is part of our everyday lives, not all tension is created equal. There are two primary types of stress: eustress and distress. So, how are they different?

Eustress: The Positive Form

Eustress is a type of stress that can be beneficial and motivating. It helps you rise to the occasion and perform at your best, particularly in fitness. For example, a high school student nervous about a cross-country tryout might channel that nervous energy into running, ultimately performing exceptionally well and making the varsity team. Eustress is usually short-term and can improve your performance and well-being.

Distress: The Negative Type

On the other hand, distress is chronic and demotivating. It can make you feel worse over time. An example of distress is a child experiencing stage fright. Despite rehearsing extensively, the child’s anxiety caused them to freeze on stage, unable to remember their lines. Distress tends to last longer and can negatively impact your mental and physical health.

It’s a Personal Experience

Stress, like pain, is a deeply personal experience. Different people have different tolerances for stress. What causes distress for one person might be manageable for another. Tension is not inherently bad; how we manage it is what matters. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is essential for daily functioning, helping us wake up and face the day. However, in our fast-paced society, chronic stress has become more common.

How Massage Can Help

Massage therapy is a powerful way to practice self-care and manage stress. Mikki Williams, LMT, at Rassel-Daigneault Holistic Health Center, has experienced relief from both eustress and distress with massage.

Regular sessions can lower cortisol levels, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being. Massage provides a calming and therapeutic way to cope with the demands of modern life, offering a reprieve from the constant multitasking and pressures we face.

Tame Tension Today—Book an Appointment

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, consider incorporating massage therapy into your routine. Contact Rassel-Daigneault Holistic Health Center today to schedule your appointment with Mikki.

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