April is Stress Awareness month, and Annalisa Derryberry is here to let you know regular massage is a wonderful way to manage your stress.

Think of how you might feel when you’re stressed:

  • your breathing is shallow and rapid
  • your heart rate is increased, as well as your blood pressure
  • your muscles are tense – clenched jaw, furrowed brow, shoulders hunched up to your ears

I don’t know about you, but just listing all those symptoms made me feel more tense.

Fortunately, massage is a simple way to combat the effects of stress. It’s proven to lower blood pressure, relieve tension headaches, reduce muscle tension, and promote relaxation.


Research has shown that on-site chair massage can decrease anxiety levels in the workplace (click on link to learn more) and that Thai yoga massage can help alleviate chronic headaches. (Click on link).

Now let me paint you a more relaxing picture. During a massage:

  • your breathing slows and deepens
  • your blood pressure decreases
  • your muscles unwind and lengthen as a result of the deep but gentle melting, ironing, and mushing of your tissues, causing the jaw to loosen, your brow to smooth, and your shoulders to drop down to a normal position
  • you get blissful time where you trade screens, texts, and the other stressors of our modern life for soothing music, warm touch, and compassion

After reading that, I bet you might have even taken a few deep breaths on your own and rolled your shoulders around a few times. If not, I’ll wait…

The effects of massage are even greater when they are received on a regular basis. Too often I hear that people only “treat” themselves to a massage once or twice a year. However, massage is a powerful preventative measure, so it’s in your best interest to schedule weekly or monthly sessions. Give it a try and see how you feel. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

cld_02 small Annalisa Derryberry, LMT (MA43061 MM30953)

Annalisa is a licensed massage therapist located in Mandarin. She specializes in therapeutic table massage and Thai Yoga massage. A 2004 graduate from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, her goal is to improve your physical and mental well-being through compassionate, experienced massage.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a massage, please visit derryberrymassage.com or call 904-274-1584.