The causes of stress are diverse and numerous, and while levels of stress can vary, one thing is for certain: it’s not good for you. The effects of stress on the body can impact your mental and physical wellbeing, and can create issues like headaches, migraines, insomnia, body aches, increased fatigue, and emotional drain, among many others.
While much of stress can be attributed to one’s mental state – such as feeling overworked or having too many responsibilities to tend to at once – one of the best ways to relieve stress is through the physical intervention of massage therapy. In fact, relieving muscle stress can dramatically lower overall stress levels. That’s where the use of a massage gun comes in.
Percussive therapy for stress relief
Percussive therapy uses a pulsating device to reduce muscle tension and improve blood circulation. Like a deep tissue massage, percussive therapy can break down knots deep within soft tissue and provide relief to sore and sensitive areas of the body. Massage guns are an effective tool for self-administering percussive therapy, as they allow you to zero in on a problem area and apply appropriate force in a short amount of time to provide immediate aid.
Massage guns such as the Vybe Pro allow you to choose a speed setting and pressure setting to make sure you are getting the treatment you need at a level that is comfortable for you. These self-massagers are designed to help you take care of your body through proactive relaxation and stress-relieving techniques.
In this article, we’ll talk about how to relieve stress using a massage gun, and stress relief tips for your self-care and recovery routine.
Relieve neck and shoulder stress
One of the primary uses of a massage gun is to address tension in muscle groups, so it follows that a massage gun is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Using a massage gun to address these problem areas is as simple as locating the knot or area of pain and applying the massage gun at whatever speed and pressure level is comfortable. Allow the head of the massage gun to massage the tension zone for at least 2 minutes to begin relaxing muscles and releasing tension. The same approach applies to common areas of stress muscle tension including neck, shoulders, and back.
Balance your body, and your mood
Self-massaging, as many who have been to a massage therapist before know, is not simply about relieving pain. Massages have many holistic benefits including stress relief, muscle relaxation, and improved circulation, including increased white blood cell count.
Using a massage gun is one way to release tension from your body, which helps even out energy levels and allows you to feel more at ease. Some massage therapists refer to this as an “emotional massage.” Studies have also shown that massage therapy can lower cortisol – a stress hormone – and increase “happy hormones,” including dopamine and serotonin. Thus, while working out the physical tension in your body, a massage can also contribute to a more positive, less stressed mental state.
A 60-minute massage is recommended for the greatest increase in mood-balancing hormones, but even a few minutes per problem area on your body (neck, shoulders, back, etc.) can make a big difference.
Reduce fatigue (and improve sleep)
Massage therapy helps reduce body pain which not only aids in faster muscle recovery, but also increases energy levels. When your body does not carry the weight of stress or pain, you are more likely to feel energized and ready to take on the day. Also, since low energy and tiredness can be side effects of stress, anxiety, and depression, increased levels of serotonin and dopamine (as mentioned in the previous section) can reduce fatigue.
On the other hand, with less stress and more relaxation, you’re more likely to get a better night’s sleep, and less likely to struggle with issues like restlessness and insomnia. Amazingly, self-massaging with a massage gun can both restore your energy during the day and give you peace and calm when you’re ready to get some shut eye.
Self-massage with healing essential oils
Essential oils are natural plant extracts that have become popular in the past decade or so due to their alleged health benefits related to mood and emotional state, as well as physical conditions such as headaches, nausea, and indigestion. Professional massage therapists will often use different oils and lubricants to work out the tension in your body. Those same lubricants and oils can be used with Vybe Percussive Massage Guns which come with interchangeable heads that can be hand washed between uses.
Using essential oils can have positive physical and mental health benefits as part of a holistic health treatment called “aromatherapy,” named after the unique scent associated with each extract. To aid in stress relief using essential oils, VeryWell Mind recommends a variety of oils including: lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, orange, and frankincense.
Address additional problem areas
Pain itself can be stressful! While a massage gun is great for addressing common stress points like the neck, shoulders, and back, it is also great for providing relief to other parts of your body that may be tight, knotted, or otherwise in pain.
One of the best stress relief tips we can give you is to address your pain before it becomes a problem. We recommend using your massage gun on your quads, calves, triceps, and any other tight muscle group to break up pain and help your body start recovering faster.
De-stress, not distress with a massage gun
Now that you know how to relieve stress in the neck, shoulders, back, and other problem areas, you’re one step closer to reducing your mental and emotional stress as well.
With the ability to pinpoint target stress areas such as the neck and shoulders, a massage gun is an amazing way to give yourself a stress relief massage that can release tension in your body and have you feeling more relaxed and stress-free, physically and emotionally.
Self-care is a holistic journey, and with a massage gun that lets you pinpoint key areas of stress and tension, you can tend to your mind-body connection and improve your overall well being.