Essential Massage & Bodywork
Specializing in Relaxation and Stress Reduction massage. Call 440-975-2920 for appointments.

About Stress


Stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response.  Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous or anxious.  Stress is believed to be a factor in up to 90% of illnesses.  And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.  While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.

Stress causes muscles to contract.  If the contraction is sustained for a long time, the tissues shorten and tighten, decreasing circulation to the area.  Pain and fatigue results from a decrease in oxygen and nutrients and the retention of metabolic waste.

Massage can be helpful in reaking the soft tissue response cycle because of the powerful effect massage has on the circulation and relaxation of the muscle tissue.

Soft Tissue Stress Response Cycle

In the constant motion of our daily lives, our bodies take a beating under the emotional, mental and physical stress of each day.  A relaxation and stress reduction massage from Essential Massage & Bodywork is an effective way to help you release stress and restore a healthy body and mind.