Massage Therapy for Relaxation
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered type of relaxation massage. It is ideal for overall health maintenance.
This style of massage combines long, gliding strokes, kneading of individual muscles, and friction techniques. It uses a firm, but gentle pressure to improve circulation, ease muscle aches, improve flexibility, and facilitates relaxation. Relaxation massage decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain’s chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood.
Stress relief is one of the most significant benefits of relaxation massage. A one-hour massage session can reduce stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing levels of insulin and cortisol. Massage therapy improves blood circulation, leading to lower blood pressure and improved body functions. Stress can cause muscle soreness, but massage relaxes the muscles and reduces pain. By using a variety of special techniques, the therapist can increase blood flow that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, leading to reduced pain, inflammation and stiffness.
After a massage session, most people report feeling not just relaxed, but completely rejuvenated. This feeling is attributed to the release of dopamine and serotonin during massage. These hormones are responsible for happiness and feelings of overall well-being.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.