Your body reacts to a moment of distress by preparing to exert itself. In the course of a day, any given muscle may tighten and relax dozens if not hundreds of times. Muscle tension occurs when we fail to disengage a muscle group sufficiently. Physically we may experience tightness, or knots. Emotionally, the body’s musculature, if stuck in such a state of hyper-preparedness, can reverse-signal the need to feel anxious, which in turn can lead to hyper-tension.

Massage therapy is excellent at identifying and releasing such tension. It can be complemented by this simple daily practice of self-directed muscle relaxation requiring only a brief, ten-minute break. This can be a valuable practice for individuals who experience chronic anxiety.