One of the oldest forms of anxiety therapy is the practice of massage. In China during the 2nd Century it was first recorded. Massage is an automatic, instinctual response when someone is hurt, upset, or down and out. During times of stress, anxiety, and/or physical exhaustion people seek out massage services. In my practice, many of my clients come to me for full body massage, essential oil therapies, or reflexology to de-stress and relax.
In 2007 I went through a time where I experienced massage Northampton anxiety and panic attacks 24/7 due to out of control blood sugar and adrenal fatigue. These two issues take time to recover from so I scheduled weekly massage appointments to get me through that tough time of extreme restlessness. The appointments weren't a luxury, they kept me mentally glued together.
Through one of my professional bodywork magazines I found an article on "Anti-Anxiety Foot Massage" that was very interesting. This technique developed by John Mramor that induces hypnosis and deep relaxation by using some simple techniques on the feet. It reminded me of the soothing power that touch and bodywork have on a person.
To further calm the mind, the use of therapeutic grade (not health food store) essential oils have proven to be very effective. For example, Meikai University in Japan found inhaling lavender and rosemary essential oils reduces the stress hormone cortisol. In my practice, there are many blends that seem to work in an instant for overwhelm and stress. They smell fabulous and are a much better option for people that would rather not use tranquilizers.
There are many bodywork practices that I find particularly helpful for anxiety relief. Hot stone massage, Reiki, Raindrop Technique, yoga, Swedish massage, and acupuncture just name a few. The body releases feel good hormones during a bodywork session the help us feel more balanced and centered.