It’s tax day and that means there are plenty of people feeling the stress of that looming midnight deadline. Massage Envy has a prescription for a little tax time relief. First, get that 1040 in the mail. Then, head over to Massage Envy’s Bel Air location for a massage that can relieve both the mental stress of tax time and the muscles that ache from filling out all those forms.
“Whenever we’re stressed, it always manifests itself physically,” says Winston Moore, regional operations manager for Massage Envy‘s 22 Baltimore/Washington area clinics. “We clench our jaws, we clench our fists, anything and everything. It’s just a way to manage it internally. When that happens, you hold onto it and you get the aching.”
Chronic stress has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and certain cancers. Plus, stress can take a toll on your body in other ways, contributing to such issues as headaches, digestive problems, back pain, difficulty sleeping.
Stress relief is among the most important effects of massage therapy, says Anne Williams, education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
“Massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system response that sends the body into rest and recovery mode,” she explains. “This response is important for reducing all types of stress and allowing the body’s chemistry to normalize.”
Massage Envy is the largest provider and franchisor of therapeutic massage and spa services in the United States. With 609 clinics in 42 states, they employ over 14,000 therapists and are dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to clients nationwide. In the greater Baltimore/Washington, DC area, there are 22 Massage Envy clinics, with over 30,000 members. For more information, please visit www.massageenvy.com.