Massage for STRESS & Anxiety

The Mayo Clinic reports a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 30 percent after just one session. A study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety found participants who received regular massage therapy for 12 weeks had a 50 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms.

Got STRESS or Anxiety?

Got stress at work, home, or maybe your a UCSB, SBCC, or Westmont College student or professor. Are you studying too much, doing research, or sitting in front of your computer for long hours?

Human beings need to be touched, beginning at birth and all throughout life. More than a luxury, Therapeutic Massage has become a vital part of living a healthier, less stressful, pain-free life. Massage is one of the best antidotes for stress. Reducing stress leaves you with more energy, decreases the possibility of injury and illness, and improves your outlook on life.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Anxiety (disambiguation).
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A marble bust of the Roman Emperor Decius from the Capitoline Museum. This portrait “conveys an impression of anxiety and weariness, as of a man shouldering heavy [state] responsibilities”.[1]

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.[2] It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.[3] Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat;[4] whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat.[4] Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.[5] It is often accompanied by muscular tension,[4] restlessness, fatigue, and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.[4]

People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations that have provoked anxiety in the past.[6] There are different types of anxiety. Existential anxiety can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis, or nihilistic feelings. People can also face test anxiety, mathematical anxiety, stage fright or somatic anxiety. Another type of anxiety, stranger anxiety, and social anxiety are caused when people are apprehensive around strangers or other people in general. Anxiety can be either a short term ‘state’ or a long term “trait”. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear,[7] whereas trait anxiety is a worry about future events, close to the concept of neuroticism.[8] Anxiety disorders are partly genetic but may also be due to drug use including alcohol and caffeine, as well as withdrawal from certain drugs. They often occur with other mental disorders, particularly major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, certain personality disorders, and eating disorders. Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, therapy, and medications.

What does scared mean:
verb (used with object), scared, scaring.


to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm.
verb (used without object), scared, scaring.


to become frightened:

That horse scares easily.


a sudden fright or alarm, especially with little or no reason.


a time or condition of alarm or worry:


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