5 Ways Massage Can Reduce Stress During Study

Posted January 18, 2023 by in Lifestyle

Stress in physics is a force that causes strain on a physical body. It was in the 1920s that Hans Selye, a medical student, observed that all his ailing patients had one thing in common – they were all under great stress! Thus, the term began to be used to describe non-specific strains that arose in the body due to an imbalance in normal bodily functions. He called this phenomenon the “Great Adaptation Syndrome” to describe how the body reacted to long-term and short-term changes. 

Student Stress and How To Deal With It via Massages

Massages have been present for centuries as the best relaxation techniques. They improve circulation, thus expediting the process of flushing toxins out of the body. We tend to store stress in specific parts of our body, such as the lower back, shoulder blades, neck etc. while sitting continuously in the same position to study. 

To better understand the mental disposition behind stress, psychologists have coined the term NUTS i.e. Novelty, Unpredictability, Threat to the ego and sense of control. These elements, together at varying levels, produce stress in people. 

Moving on to general adaptation syndrome, there are 3 levels of reactions to stress. The first reaction is the Alarm Reaction which is an instant response to external stimuli. This redirects energy to the stressed part and makes the person more vulnerable to illness. Then the body gets used to the stress, which spells the next stage. Exhaustion is when the body gives up under stress. 

Here are 5 reasons to get massaged during your study – the worst stressor for all students:

1.  Massage induces relaxation

Massages bring your body to a state of relaxation where your body slows down. The body eases up with the rhythmic and methodic kneading, releasing the happy hormone – Serotonin. Serotonin is a mood stabilizer, and its synthetic version is even used to treat depression. It maintains homeostasis by regulating basic processes such as digestion and sleeping. 

Not only does it improve your mental health, but when you are relaxed, the brain’s retention power increases. So when you are trying to memorize the sim language alphabet, do it easier after a good massage.

2. Massages release muscular tension 

Often sitting in the same position, our muscles tend to tighten and cramp up with sudden movement. To avoid muscular rigidity, gently knead your shoulder blades and neck to open up the hard knots in your body slowly. This also helps relieve allied pains such as constant headaches. Massaging increases the elasticity of muscle, thereby reducing stress.

3. They actually boost immunity

Massages kick-start the production of T – cells, a type of lymphocyte that fights against invaders in our body. This decreases our susceptibility to infections. By massaging, we actually improve circulation and stimulate our lymph nodes, the major production centers for these fighter cells. Get a massage to manage stress during exams so you don’t fall sick easily.

4. They stimulate healing

A lot of students indulge in extreme sports, especially if they’re on a sports scholarship. Oftentimes they’re victims of sports injuries that heal very slowly. Massages can promote repair by deep tissue stimulation and increased blood flow. These massages are unique because the strokes are deep and slow to direct the force towards inner connective tissues. 

5.  They reduce blood pressure

Many students of this age fall prey to early-age heart disease and other chronic ailments. One good answer to why this happens could be elevated blood pressure levels that put a load on the heart, causing it to burn out quickly. You guessed right, a massage can make this seemingly daunting condition disappear. So treat yourself to a massage the next time you get good grades, it can only help you. 

Methodic and repetitive movements have a calming effect on the body. Massages are a very popular way of combating stress. According to Statista, the massage industry has a market size of 17.9 U.S. Dollars as of 2022. It is common among working professionals to get massages during their off times, but students should try it too. Given that student life is very stressful with academics and several commitments, a good massage can make your life infinitely better.