The widely known stress reducing benefits of therapeutic massage are spurring a movement among learning institutions throughout the U.S. to provide students with access to chair massage, especially during exam weeks. Students at high schools and universities are being treated to chair massages, full body massages and other relaxation techniques as part of an ongoing effort to educate young people about the benefits of stress management.
Exam weeks are notoriously stressful for students, as the exam generally comprises a significant percentage of the course grade. It is not uncommon to spend full nights studying, and this can cause a loss of mental focus as well as exhaustion. Extensive research has proven that massage is effective for calming feelings of anxiety and reducing stress. Massage can also improve mental clarity and stimulate creativity, which can be helpful when taking exams.
Stress levels among young people are reportedly at an all-time high. Increased levels of stress are believed to be a major factor in the onset of depression, which can interfere with studies and have more severe consequences if left untreated. Many learning institutions are offering massage therapy to students as either a complimentary service or at a reduced rate in order to help them control their stress in a non-destructive manner.
The negative effects of stress on the immune system have also been extensively studied and documented. Living in close quarters and being in close proximity to others can be a challenge when trying to stay healthy. A depressed immune system leaves students at an increased vulnerability for contracting bacterial and viral infections, which can cause missed classes and other serious concerns. Massage has been proven to support immune system function by aiding the lymphatic system in removing toxins from the body. The increased circulation that massage provides helps to deliver nutrients to muscles and tissues, keeping the body healthy and working efficiently.
Insomnia is also a common problem among students. Many students try to stay alert by consuming large quantities of caffeine or other substances during prolonged periods of studying. This disrupts normal sleep patterns, leading to loss of mental focus, feelings of anxiety and physical exhaustion. Massage has been proven to be effective in treating insomnia by activating the relaxation response and improving circulation. Massage also reduces anxiety, which is a major factor in developing insomnia.
Students all over the country have been taking advantage of the benefits of massage when it is made available to them. Many have reported that a short massage has an immediate impact on their stress level and that the positive effects last well after the massage is over. Administrators are taking note and are increasing offerings of massage and other relaxation techniques to keep students physically and emotionally well cared for.About the Author:
Brandon Thomas is a nationally certified massage therapist and founder of JoyLife Therapeutics. JoyLife Therapeutics provides chair massage, corporate massage, office massage, special event and trade show massage throught the US.