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Stretch and Massage Away Stress

Timeless Fitness Tip

When you are low on energy, your muscles tend to be tight and contracted. It makes you feel like you are sleep deprived. Sitting all day compounds the problem. Stretching can help ease and prevent this muscle tightness and improve overall flexibility.

Stretch and massage away stress

As you hold a stretch and then release it, you can actually feel the targeted muscles begin to relax. Do four or five different stretches several times throughout the day.

An effective upper-body tension tamer:

  • Sit tall and raise arms above you. Interlace fingers; turn palms upward.
  • Push arms slightly back as you straighten them. Hold for ten to twenty seconds; release.

Massage for Stress

Another great stress reliever is massage. Massage reduces muscle tension, stress, and improves mental energy.

Woman giving a massage

A study done for five weeks on adults with stressful jobs and home lives gave upper body massages to one group, twice a week, 15 minutes each session. Another group just sat quietly for two 15 minute sessions each week. Each group was given anxiety, depression and job stress evaluations prior to each 15 minutes session. After five weeks, both groups were less depressed, but only the massaged group scored lower in job stress and anxiety. The group also performed better on a math exam when re-tested.

The International Massage Association, who conducted the tests, states that massage relaxes muscles, which increases circulation and sends more oxygen to the brain, enhancing mental alertness.

Massage Oil

Coconut Carrier Oil. A Base Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oil or Massage use. soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.

Or, make your own massage oil! Take 5 or 6 cayenne peppers, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 teaspoon clove essential oil, 1/4 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil, 1/4 teaspoon mint essential oil. Chop the cayenne peppers and place in a jar.

Cover with vegetable oil making sure the peppers are completely covered. Store in a warm, dark place. Strain after one week. Add the essential oils. Massage on sore muscles, taking care not to get any in your eyes or open wounds as it will sting vehemently. Wash hands well after using.

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