Massage Therapy for Anxiety

Mar 10, 2021

Massage Therapy for Anxiety

If you are one among the 40 million adults with anxiety disorders in the US, life was stressful enough before the changes COVID-19 brought with it. Now, it’s been a year since everything began. That’s a long time to regularly face and deal with the unique challenges it has brought our way.

We have good news!

Massage therapy can help. It’s safe. We work hard to make it available to you in a COVID-safe manner. Research shows that it can work to treat anxiety.

Why does massage therapy work?

Massage therapy works to treat anxiety naturally through the mind-body connection to help relieve your symptoms. Let’s break that down a little bit.

When you are anxious, your body goes into the flight-or-flight response and can get stuck there. As a matter of fact, the fight-or-flight response tends to be overactive for people who regularly experience anxiety. If you, or a loved one, has anxiety you’ll recognize the physical symptoms the fight-or-flight response creates:

  • shortness of breath 
  • accelerated heart rate
  • chest pain
  • excessive sweating

Massage helps your body to relax. A massage therapist is trained to help a person to let go of muscle tension. Not only is this done through the massage techniques, but also by creating a relaxing atmosphere. The lights are dim, there is calm and quiet or relaxing music, and occasionally relaxing aromas with aromatherapy. All of these sensory experiences can help the body and mind relax and break that fight-or-flight response where you get stuck. When you are relaxed notice the signs: 

  • deep breathing 
  • a stable/lower heart rate 
  • less muscle tension
  • fewer anxious thoughts
  • sense of calm
  • physiological equilibrium

It can be hard to take that first step towards treatment when you are dealing with anxiety. When you get to a massage therapy session, though, the hard part is over. You can leave all the work to us.

Feb 13, 2021

Neck Pain and Technology

Do you have neck pain?

The information age is ongoing.

Smartphones and tablets are a vital part of our personal and professional lives.

Whether we’re sitting down to play a mobile game, watching YouTube with our children or sending a text to a friend, handheld devices are put to constant use throughout our day – and the health risks associated with them are vital to address.

The neck pain associated with chronic phone or tablet use has direct impact on the cervical spine – the vertebrae from the shoulder blades to the very bottom of the skull.

Research has shown that people use devices an average of four hours a day and this chronic use can result in cervical kyphosis, a painful rounding of the neck that results from the slumped, hunched posture that smartphone users naturally fall into while using their devices.

This places strain on the spine, causes tension in the neck and shoulders and causes upper back pain. This pain can come and go, building and releasing over many weeks or years, eventually radiating down the back and even resulting in headaches.

Eventually structural back and neck problems can arise from spinal wear and tear and abnormal curvature.

Whether you have chronic neck pain or value preventative care, Accent Wellness can provide you with both hands-on treatment and a practical plan to help correct or prevent the cervical problems associated with chronic smartphone and tablet use.

Read here to learn more about our COVID-19 safety precautions.

Dec 17, 2020

Accent Wellness 101

Our History

Accent Wellness was founded in 2020 to provide high-quality music therapy and massage therapy services in the Greater Rochester area.

At Accent Wellness, we offer the most effective, up-to-date, research-based, and professionally executed services. We are dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities address their physical, communication, social and mental health needs.

Our Name

Our name is inspired by an element of music called an accent. In the language of music, an accent is written so that a musician knows to give emphasis to a particular note. Similarly, in life, wellness of the whole person should be given emphasis. When we give attention to our individual and collective wellness, life becomes more vibrant and meaningful.