Stress + Connecting
We talk a lot about stress at Sacred Hour. In both skincare and massage services, we ask about the degree of stress you are experiencing in your life because stress manifests physically. More often than not it is the cause of the symptoms our clients would like to address. From stress-related acne to poor posture to tension headaches, so much of what we treat in our services is a direct result of the stressful nature of modern life.
Another result of poor stress management is a low sex drive. The stress hormone, cortisol, has been proven to interrupt libido signals, suppressing our sex drive and has even been shown to play a role in erectile dysfunction. The cycle is relatable because unfortunately it’s common, and I would bet that many of you reading this have had a phase similar: you have a deadline coming up at work. No matter how many hours you tack on in overtime, you can’t get caught up, so your deadline hangs around your neck like a millstone. Even after the deadline has passed and you hit your mark, the physical effects like tense shoulders and the nagging feeling of having forgotten something (even though you didn’t!) stay with you. So does your disinterest in anything other than immediate pleasure like ice cream, or if you’re like me, bread and olive oil. This is because cortisol that hasn’t been metabolized is still coursing through your system with nothing to do except give you sugar cravings, cause sleeplessness, and kill bedroom vibes. The good news is, the Mayo Clinic reports that a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol levels by an average of 30 percent. Is the answer to getting your balance (and possibly groove) back hiding at the spa?
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, sex is on all of our brains. Whether you are down with Valentine’s Day or think it is a fake hallmark holiday and thus not important, it is a national anniversary for considering where you are in your relationship. If you feel as though you and your partner are drifting away from one another and have not been as intimate as often as you’d like, ask yourself whether stress is the culprit. If your partner has had a rough week or year at work and you haven’t connected in a while, book a massage before your next Netflix and chill night. Clearing the air of work baggage might be the answer to reigniting your flame.