A rapid heartbeat can usually be linked to stress. When you are in a stressful situation your body will react by going into “flight or fight” mode and that can result in a rapid heartbeat. Once the stress is removed form the situation, your heartbeat should return to a normal pace. There are things you can do to decrease your stress and get your heart palpitations under control. Supplements were the most important addition to my life and truly have proved to be an absolute essential part of my recovery, but I have also made massage part of my routine. What better way to combat stress than with a little self pampering, but it benefits go beyond just indulgence. A number of research studies by the American Massage Therapy Association show massage can reduce heart palpitations and heart rate. You need to figure out how to let go a little and massage can provide you that outlet. There are actually heart massage techniques that can be performed by your massage therapists. The most important thing to a successful massage is communication with your massage therapist. They need to know what type of massage is actually relaxing for you. I have had a few massages where I assume they know what feels good to me and clearly they don’t. Speak up! If the pressure is too much or if you’re uncomfortable, let your therapist know right away. Remember the goal is relax and unwind. When you loosen up, your palpitations will slow down. If you don’t have the extra money, do it yourself or have a friend or love one give you a massage. There have been numerous studies on the healing benefits of touch! Even if you don’t get a massage by a trained therapist, it will still feel great! Just a reminder… the first place to start if you are experiencing heart arrhythmia or heart palpitations is at your doctor. Usually a racing heart is not cause for alarm, but it is always important to make sure it isn’t a result of a serious health condition.