Every Veteran’s Day, people love to say thank you to the Veterans in their lives. By sending cards, doing a special social media post, or taking them out to one of the local places that offer a free meal, you are letting Veterans know that you appreciate their service.
If you are looking for a way to say thank you that is extra special or unique, consider giving them a spa experience. This will not only help them relax but is also used as a beneficial way to treat PTSD symptoms.
Trauma and PTSD
PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that many people suffer from when they have been through a traumatic experience. It is never a sign of weakness and doesn’t distinguish between gender or ranks in the armed forces.
The body processes these experiences differently in an attempt at self-preservation. During the event the trauma occurs, the body is often flooded with adrenaline to help with the “fight or flight” response, and the long-lasting effects are often buried.
Symptoms of trauma and PTSD often manifest themselves in physically demanding ways. While the focus on PTSD is in the mental and emotional state of a person, it shows in ways like:
- Insomnia or Nightmares
- Perpetual Exhaustion
- High Blood Pressure
- Accelerated Heart Rate
- Chronic Pain
- High levels of Anxiety
Western medicine works to treat the imbalances of brain chemicals that happen with emotional stress and decrease anxiety levels. The most common feeling of PTSD is being in a constant “fight or flight” mode, even after the danger has passed, causing some or all of these symptoms.
How Can Massage Help?
The benefits of massage for PTSD revolve around helping the individual relax. This is not an easy task, considering the physical responses going on inside the body, but with a little work, there is a marked improvement.
For many suffering with PTSD, they need a physical touch that helps center the mind while relaxing the tense muscles. The rhythmic stroking and kneading of a massage sends signals to the brain of being in a safe, controlled environment.
Massage Therapy along with other therapies can help relieve PTSD and trauma symptoms. By providing a sense of well-being, Massage Therapy can help the body and muscular system to remember a state of relaxation and how to release stress. The biggest benefit is that this relaxation promotes deeper sleep, which helps relieve many of the other symptoms mentioned earlier.
Veteran’s Day Special
Because we believe so strongly in the benefits of massage to treat stress and trauma, we are offering a deal for Veterans. To say thank you to all the veterans in the community, Mountainside Spa is offering a buy one, get one free deal on massages.
For every massage that you buy between now and November 11, we will give a veteran a free massage. Let our licensed massage therapists help you give a gift that will really do some good. Even if your loved one doesn’t suffer from PTSD, they can still enjoy a relaxing massage to help their overall well-being.