What the Heck is Resiliency Anyway?

Increase resilience and reduce stress and revitalize your body and mind

What does it mean to be resilient? It means you have the ability and the power to overcome challenges of all kinds—trauma, tragedy, personal crisis, stress. Basically, life, right?

Resiliency is the ability to face setbacks, failures, pain (both emotional and physical) with confidence and courage. It is the ability to bounce back from these trials and tragedies. It’s the quality that keeps us from giving up, even when the going gets rough.

With the holidays right around the corner, it is an amazing time of year, but it can also be an extremely stressful time of year. We all have times when life makes us want to crawl into a hole or hide from the hurdles ahead; resiliency is what helps us dust ourselves off and climb back into the saddle instead.  In fact, one study of college students showed that resilience training improved coping strategies and self-esteem while lowering depressive symptoms and perceived stress (Steinhardt & Dolbier, 2008).

But what happens to our body when stress starts to build up?  According to the APA Help Center, stress and lower levels of resiliency can negatively impact a range of systems including respiratory, cardio, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous and reproductive.  So what’s a great way to increase your resiliency and decrease stress this holiday season?

GET A MASSAGE!  Massage has been linked to improved immune responses (Field, 1998). Long term stress creates chronic inflammatory conditions and lowers the immunity of those who otherwise might have a healthy immune system. Massage therapy also helps release serotonin and endorphins to improve your mental state and give you an improved outlook when the going gets rough.

Don’t let the holidays get the best of you! Book a massage from one of our highly trained therapists and improve your resiliency today!



Field, T. M. (1998). Massage therapy effects. American Psychologist53(12), 1270.

Steinhardt, M., & Dolbier, C. (2008). Evaluation of a resilience intervention to enhance coping strategies and protective factors and decrease symptomatology. Journal of American college health56(4), 445-453.

Tovian, S., Thorn, B., Coons, H., Labott, S., Burg, M., Surwit, R., & Bruns, D. (n.d.). Stress Effects on the Body. Retrieved December 20, 2017, from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx

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