People with anxiety are often in a tense state, because of this they would feel chronic pain. Most medical practitioners notice that the pain anxiety patients feel are usually at the shoulders and neck. People suffering from this disorder have a hard time relaxing since their mind is in a state of anxiety. Because of a trip in their brain that activates this self-preserving state, anxiety sufferers are like a tightly coiled spring- often jumpy and strained.
To help anxiety sufferers to relax, touch and massage therapy is often recommended. The unique effect of a firm and confident massage helps the patient feel secure and safe to the point of relaxing. You could start a massage session with a light conversation, sharing a pleasant story to put the person in a positive state of mind.
On a straight back chair, have the patient put both hands on their abdomen and instruct to take in a deep breath. As the patient feels their stomach contract and expand while doing several deep breaths, they will be sensitive to the relief proper breathing gives. Deep and proper breathing helps patients steady their heart rate and calm them.
Begin the massage by standing at the left side of the patient, so that you could support their left shoulder with your left hand. While the right hand, palm down with fingers together would be massaging the right shoulder in a zigzag motion. Repeat this 3 times for both sides.
Next, with both palms facing each other, alternately apply pressure in a chopping motion. Build up the motion in a rhythmic pattern from the base of the neck towards the upper part of the right arm. Repeat this action 3 times and transfer to the left side, repeat this massaging motion 3 times. Doing this would loosen up the tensed muscles of the patient gradually from the neck and shoulder area..
After loosening tense muscles at the lower neck and shoulders, slide both hands from the base of the patient’s skull towards the top of the head. Use finger tips to apply slight pressure to the scalp. With hands atop of each other, let the bottom hand zigzag downwards with fingers applying firm pressure. Once the bottom hand reaches the base of the skull, the remaining hand at the top of the patient’s head will likewise zigzag downwards towards the base of the skull. Repeat, applying pressure to all sides of the patient’s scalp.
Anxiety patient’s are known to have chronic headaches, this therapy massage will help relieve the tension of the muscles found under the scalp.
The final massage therapy for an anxiety sufferer involves acupressure. Start by applying a slight pinching pressure on upper earlobe of the ear for about 3 seconds. Without releasing your grasp on the ear (light grasp), rub the earlobes for 3 times and then apply a gentle squeezing pressure. After repeating for 3 times, gently and slowly pull the ear outward then release. Do the same to the other ear.
Ancient Chinese acupressure done on the ear is said to help energy increase and allow positive energy flow through the body. Scientifically, the ear lobes are linked to the brain. Massaging on the right ear lobe stimulates your left brain and pituitary glands to work. The same happens if you massage the left ear lobe, the right brain and the pituitary gland is stimulated.
For anxiety sufferers, the natural relief of their tension reduces their need to take medication. Therapy massage is one way care providers can calm and provide anxiety patients the way to release the tension they often feel.