Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions known to man. Many ancient peoples – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat awide variety of ailments.
Relaxation massage is all about de-stressing the mind, balancing the emotions and relaxing the body. By using smooth, gentle, flowing techniques your therapist can promote general relaxation and relieve muscular tension, plus improve your circulation and range of movement. Relaxation massage techniques enhances your feeling of relief… physically, mentally and emotionally.
The benefits of massage
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage promotes the release of specific endorphins (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing and calm over your body.
Conversly, the levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are reduced. Repeated studies have indicated that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system and cause far reaching and detremental side effects, both physically and mentally.
Specific side-effects of relaxation massage
Reduced muscle tension
Stimulation of the lymphatic system
Reduction of stress hormones
Increased joint mobility and flexibility
Improved skin tone
Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
Reduced anxiety and depression
Calming of the nervous system
Promotion of a sense of wellbeing and relaxation
Reduction of blood pressure
Prevention of injuries and stress related problems
Increased immunity responses
When to have a massage…
How often should you have a relaxation massage? It depends on you – your body and your lifestyle. For example, it has been shown that people who spend their day sitting behind a computer screen greatly benefit from regular massage on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Stress, physical workouts, hectic schedules or just the daily grind have a compounding effect – and a relaxation massage can be your ticket back to peace, harmony and a general sense of wellbeing. You, your family and friends will thank you for taking the time out to look after yourself.
Prioritise your health and maintain your physical and mental balance…mind and body. Allow Muscle Matters to take care of you today.