Relaxation massage uses a variety of slow but firm smooth gliding strokes and gentle kneading to help you relax and is the ultimate stress buster. During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the therapist won’t push your pain limits.
There are still substantial health benefits to a relaxation massage, including calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.
Massage for stress, anxiety and depression
Experts have estimated that ninety per cent of disease is stress related, and that nothing ages us faster, internally and externally than high stress levels. Eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic but massage can without a doubt help to manage stress, anxiety and depression.
Just some of the benefits that result from massage apart from decreased anxiety and depression is the stimulation of your immune system by increasing white blood cell counts, improves recovery after post-operative surgery and the enhancement of sleep quality. The list of benefits doesn’t stop there as massage also generates greater energy, improves concentration, increases circulation, improves mobility and can help to relieve gastrointestinal issues. Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches, pains and less stiffness and burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching and again, anxiety.
Massage has been proven to cause the body to release many natural therapeutic mood and health enhancing chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin and to reduce the stress hormone cortisol which kills cells important for immunity and is also responsible for moodiness and aggression.
Massage as a form of self care can play a huge part in how healthy and youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health and well being, and not just a self indulgent treat.