The human body creates stress hormones in response to normal every day stress such as work deadlines, relationship problems, and more. Stress hormones can trigger physical problems such as digestive issues, headaches, and insomnia. Relaxation massage helps to decrease stress hormones in the body, leaving the guest feeling relaxed and rested, even after the session has ended. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain’s chemistry, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood.
During a Relaxation/Swedish Massage session, the guest will lay on a massage table in a calm environment. Dim lighting and soft music contribute to a peaceful atmosphere which creates the perfect setting for relaxation and calm. The Massage Therapist will apply gentle pressure to the body, smoothly manipulating the muscle tissue. Careful rubbing and kneading of the body’s outer tissue layers promote complete relaxation of the mind and body.
Stress relief is one of the most significant benefits of relaxation massage and is an important component of a healthier lifestyle. A 60-Minute Massage Session can reduce stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing levels of cortisol.
Regular massage also improves blood circulation, which may lead to lower blood pressure. Techniques used during Relaxation Massage help to facilitate blood flow through congested areas of the body. When the muscles are gently pulled and squeezed, lactic acid is flushed from the muscles, which contributes to the improved functioning of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for ridding the body’s internal organs and muscles of metabolic waste, leading to improved health and lower blood pressure.
Lowered blood pressure can reduce one’s risk of developing anxiety, depression, and lower the risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure.
Stress is an attributing factor to muscle soreness, but massage helps to relax muscles and reduce pain. By using specific techniques, the Massage Therapist can remove tension from the muscles and increase flexibility. Increased blood flow facilitated by massage also delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, which leads to a reduction in pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
Following a massage session, most guests report feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. This feeling is attributed to the release of dopamine and serotonin during the massage. These hormones are responsible for happiness and feelings of overall well-being. Studies show that during the massage, activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, which is more active when a person is depressed, is decreased. Conversely, activity in the left hemisphere of the brain is increased. This area of the brain is most active when people are happy, and relaxation massage helps to kick that into high gear.
Massage can boost the immune system by reducing the amount of cortisol; also known as the stress hormone, released in the body. Elevated levels of cortisol are a culprit of weight gain. This hormone attacks the body’s immune system that helps to kill off bacteria and viruses, but massage decreases cortisol and therefore improves the functioning of the immune system.