The day doesn’t stop there. After an intense nine-hour day in the office, you rush home, get dinner on the table and start your bedtime routine to do it all over again.

Now stop, take a deep breath and daydream yourself to a massage room, where there is true tranquility, stress evaporates and you have a full hour to unwind and relax.

When you see that nearly 60 to 90 percent of all doctor visits are stress-related, it should strike a chord.

In fact, nearly five of six leading causes of death are linked to stress. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Survey estimates that by the year 2020, stress-related mental health conditions including anxiety and depression will be highly prevalent and will be second only to ischemic heart disease as it relates to disabilities experienced by sufferers.

Massage therapy, along with other integrated health approaches like yoga and meditation, are excellent strategies to effectively manage stress. Below we’ve listed some of the benefits of regular massage and how massage can help you alleviate the stress in your life.

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