Stress is something that affects us all. Everything from headaches to heart disease have been linked to stress, according to WebMD. As massage therapists, we’ve noticed that just about every one of our clients is affected by stress. From running a wellness center and working in this field, we know about the negative effects of long-term stress on the body so it’s important to us that our clients have a healthy and effective means of coping. That’s why we offer Whole Body Vibration- a great tool we’ve found for helping lower stress levels and strengthening the body so that it can handle stress more effectively. To make life a little easier, we offer affordable monthly memberships (so you can workout whenever you chose) and quick, efficient workouts that won’t stress out your body. All you need is 20 minutes two to three times a week on our WBV platforms to see results- so if you’re a busy professional or parent, you can afford the time it takes to care for yourself.
Some of the ways Whole Body Vibration reduces stress is by increasing muscle relaxation and lowering stress hormones. The vibration is able to target almost all of the muscle groups, massaging and bringing in more blood flow and circulation to muscle tissues as they contract and relax. WBV has been shown to decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands during times of increased stress and is considered your “fight-or-flight” hormone. Too much of it can throw your body out of balance, and even alter or shut down functions that get in the way such as digestive or reproductive systems, your immune system, and growth processes. WBV actually decreases your cortisol levels during and after training and helps with healthy hormone production and utilization by increasing growth hormone (GH). Human Growth Hormone is important because it stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology showed that after 10 repetitions of WBV exercise, there was a tremendously positive effect on the endocrine system, including a 460% increase in growth hormone and a 27% decrease in cortisol.
Even our busiest clients notice a difference from using WBV. “As a business owner and single mom, I needed a quick workout- this was it! I felt changes within a week, with better posture, my leg and gluteal muscles noticeably stronger and my belly and waist slimmer. After a few months of coming, I now feel like my mood is more balanced, I’m less “on edge” in stressful situations and my balance is 50% improved according to my Wii!,” says client, Lisa H.
Whole Body Vibration has many benefits that can help one manage stress levels and improve overall health. If you are in the Portland area and/or are curious about trying whole body vibration for yourself, call (503) 233-9030 to book a free demo at our studio.