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Massage Envy Dallas/Fort Worth Offers Tips on Relieving Stress

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX -- May 19, 2011 / Stress management is essential for anyone striving to achieve a healthy lifestyle. While stress may be an accepted part of normal life, unmanaged stress can lead to health problems. Stress can weaken the immune system, cause tension headaches and increase the risk of heart disease, among othe r things. Stress awareness is vital to healthy living and Massage Envy Dallas/Fort Worth is here to offer some helpful tips on how to take time out from a hectic life to refresh body and mind and keep stress in check.

It is possible to reduce stress and learn to relax by using the five senses. Many holistic health practitioners agree that what people smell, taste, touch, hear and see can influence how they feel -- and maybe even bring them serenity. Try listening to soothing music during a massage or lighting a candle and taking a bath.

Another good way to reduce stress is to participate in an enjoyable, relaxing activity such as drawing, painting or dancing. Whether you want to draw in a sketchbook or just doodle in the margins of a newspaper, let the mind go and the imagination take over. Take a dance class in a local studio or crank up the music in your house and just dance. Studies have also suggested that viewing art, as well as creating it, can reduce stress and anxiety. Enjoy the works of art by others by visiting a museum exhibit, or just take some time to appreciate the earth's natural beauty.

For thousands of years, people have been meditating as a way to improve well-being. The simplest form is called concentrative meditation, which centers on slow, rhythmic breathing while the mind is cleared of all thoughts. Mindfulness meditation, on the other hand, involves focusing the mind on the thoughts and actions one is experiencing. Just be in the moment.

Don't worry; getting started with meditation is very simple. Just choose a quiet spot, pick a comfortable posture, focus on breathing or the repetition of a word or phrase, and be positive.

Last but not least, massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective methods for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy boosts the body's immune system, helps lower blood pressure and heart rate and relaxes muscles.

All types of massages help decrease stress, but the Swedish massage, reflexology and hot stone therapy are particularly good stress busters. The Swedish massage relaxes the whole body by rubbing the muscles with long, gliding strokes in the direction of the blood returning to the heart. This technique increases the level of oxygen in the blood, decreases muscle toxins and improves circulation and flexibility while easing tension in the body and decreasing one's overall stress. Reflexology massage focuses solely on the hands and feet; specific points on the extremities are targeted to send signals to the brain and balance the nervous system. Endorphins are released throughout the body, which reduces stress and returns the body to equilibrium. Hot stone therapy melts away tension and stress by placing smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Hot stone therapy is becoming very popular, because it provides deeper muscle and tissue relaxation, which releases more toxins and improves circulation.

With the fast pace of today's world and the hectic schedules people are forced to keep, everyone can benefit from these simple and easy stress-management techniques and tools. Visit one of the 27 Dallas/Fort Worth Massage Envy locations to learn more about how massage therapy helps people relax and de-stress.

At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.

Massage Envy in Texas and throughout the country has helped popularize massage. Americans visit massage therapists approximately 140 million times a year. The percentage of Americans using massage therapists has more than doubled since 1997.

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