Ask Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh how massage helps anxiety

Aubre Stacknick
August 28, 2019

Anxiety, Not your families dinner time topic of conversation

Anxiety is the body’s physical response to fear.

It is a silent killer and not a topic many of us want to discuss or confront ourselves or those we love with.

The symptoms can include: racing heart, rapid breathing, sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach and bursts of energy.

I will admit I grew up at a time when anxiety wasn't a topic at the dinner table. Prescriptions such as Prozac and Zoloft were brought to the US market in the late 1980s, they were used to treat major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia, and anxiety disorders.

Look and feel familiar?

Why so anxious you ask? Let's review just a hand full of historical moments that stressed us out between 1979-84;

  • Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq
  • At Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, a nuclear power plant malfunctions and releases radiation into the atmosphere
  • Iranian militants seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran and hold hostages
  • An agreement frees 52 hostages held in Tehran since 1979
  • John Lennon of the Beatles is shot dead in New York City
  • The president Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded as well as Rome Pope John Paul the II
  • The first cases of AIDS are identified
  • A terrorist explosion in Beirut kills 237 U.S. Marines
  • Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer with a graphical user interface

Reasons to be anxious? I'd say so...

Prozac is today the third most prescribed antidepressant on the US market.

Take a pill they say.... There must be another answer, right?

If your dealing with anxiety on the regular, pills do not have to be the answer.To calm your subconscious and cut your anxiety, work these suggestions into your daily routine:


Quality and quantity are imperative for good sleep. Doctors recommend 8 hours of sleep a night.

  • Turn off the screens, tv, computer, and yes even the cell.
  • Be consistent.
  • A Cooler temperature room has proven to give you better zzz's.

Slow down or cease alcohol consumption and caffeine intake.

Caffeine is found things you may not think of such as chocolate, tea and certain pills such as Excedrine.

Breathe deep and slow.

This slows down the fight or flight response (also known as acute stress response). This is when the perception of a threat triggers a cascade of physiological changes as the brain freaks out and sets off an alarm throughout the entire central nervous system.

When faced with a situation that causes extreme anxiety or fear, our bodies will respond with a sudden display of physiological symptoms including a racing heart, tensed muscles, balled fists, pupil dilation, and shallow, rapid breathing. Slow'r down.

Getting moving.

Movement plays a major role in not only physical health but also mental. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. It can both treat mild to moderate depression but also help prevent relapse.

Movement at places such as Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh can ease your feelings of anxiety and boost your sense of well-being. Find a movement you enjoy so you look forward to it and stick to it.

Control your thoughts.

I know.... easier said then done. This is a tried and true method. Don't dwell on the things you cannot control. When they swamp your mind and emotion, Just say No. Do something else! Go out, meet friends, get moving, watch a movie that makes you smile. It may not feel like it on the daily but you and you alone are in charge of your thoughts an emotions.

Just Breathe at Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh

Massage and bodywork.

Touch is one of the most soothing experiences we can take time out of our day to do. Despite popular opinion massage is not simply a luxury.

It is a necessity in many peoples lives whether for physical or mental wellness. Massage helps the body relax, which helps you let go of anxious and fearful thoughts. When administered correctly massage should relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and increase flexibility. As a therapy technique, massage therapy can manage the fight-or-flight response that is typically overactive among people with anxiety disorders.

Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh offers many specialized massage therapy options with highly educated and experienced licensed massage therapists.

Don't forget the benefits of adding CBD to your massage cream or oil.


Take time out of your day to serve others less fortunate then yourself and your life and blessings will be put into perspective really quickly.

Document and Avoid Triggers.

This can be a situation, a person or an environment. Make it a priority to not put yourself in a place where anxiety breeds itself and shines through.

De-Stress as part of your daily routine.

I tend to meditate. I stay still and throw on a station that's tuned to 432Hz such as attuned vibrations. 432Hz is proven to be is the harmonic intonation of nature. Playing and listening to music that is tuned specifically to 432Hz brings a sense of soothing, releases emotional blockages, brings peace and well-being, regardless of the music type.  

In short, take care of you. Take care of all of you. Even a small gesture for your sanity is worth it no matter how small it may seem.  Even one of these suggestions can make a major difference.

If you are interested in finding out how massage can increase your well-being, chill you out and get you centered reach out a hand to us.

Contact us today to schedule time with one of our talented, qualified and well versed massage professionals for a specialty massage, reiki or reflexology session. We look forward to becoming part of your personal care routine.

What do you have to lose when what you have to gain will be so much more.

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