Massage for Sore Nerves
Do you often realize you are on high alert, tracking your environment for danger even when there is nothing obvious to be afraid of?
Have you ever responded to something in your environment with anger and even an urge to violence, because you feel attacked—and then been told you were overreacting?
Do you sometimes have an urge to run, to escape, for reasons you can’t immediately articulate? Alternatively, do you sometimes find yourself frozen by indecision and anxiety, unable to make the next move?
These are all responses of the sympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the fight/flight/freeze responses. Those of us who manage neurological conditions such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, trauma, and depression often have—in various ways and for various reasons—highly activated sympathetic nervous systems.
An activated sympathetic nervous system is not in and of itself a bad thing; indeed, effective activation of the sympathetic nervous system is absolutely necessary for human survival. When we are in actual danger, facing actual threats, our fight/flight/freeze responses will override our normal decision-making processes and in split seconds take actions that are most likely to keep us safe.
But for those of us whose sympathetic nervous systems are over active, perhaps stuck in an activated state, life can be exhausting.
There are a lot of claims made about the many benefits of massage, but one of the few claims actually backed up by solid evidence is that massage therapy can be highly effective at calming down the sympathetic nervous system and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. That’s the part of our nervous system that allows us to rest and relax.
Are you managing nervous system conditions that prevent you from getting effective rest?
Are you so stressed out that even when you set aside time, your body seems to have forgotten how to relax?
Do you wish you could still the internal whirlwind that is your mind sometimes?
A massage might help. Regular massage might help even more. I’d love to talk to you about treatment plans that can fit your needs, your struggles, and your budget.
Book a massage today, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions! I would love to hear from you.