MASSAGE TREATMENT FOR REST & RELAXATION
During a relaxation massage, the therapist will not push your limits in order to release the muscle. You might even fall asleep! It is a fine choice for someone who is getting a massage therapy for the first time, or for someone who wishes to bring the stress level down.
Relaxing massage is also ideal for someone who receives massage as a special treatment once a year. It is not realistic to expect that you can get rid of all the knots during one massage session. But it is possible to get through a deeply relaxing state during fifty minutes.
The health benefits of the Relaxation Massage
Relaxing massage might offer quite a few significant health benefits. Gentle massage stimulates the sentient nerve endings of the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous system and are responsible for the endorphins release. These are the body’s natural painkillers, the chemicals that make us feel good, and create a sense of well-being.
Furthermore, massage reinforces relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the so called “rest and digestion system”. The blood pressure is decreased, the heart rate slows down and the digestive activity increases.
Relaxation massage also increases the blood circulation and stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, which removes the waste.
How to make your massage therapy even more relaxing
There are several things you could do to make any massage therapy more relaxing. The most important of all is to arrive at the spa quite earlier than your scheduled appointment.
Do you love chatting? Think about twice during a relaxing massage. This keeps your mind active, suspending the relaxation response. Instead of that, focus on your breath, or on the movements of the therapist’s hands. Sometimes, when you pay close attention, both you and your therapist might experience a form of meditation, and therefore you receive a more careful treatment.
Afterwards, take the time to keep resting instead of seeking some intense activity. It is quite beneficial to take a nap, which allows the body to continue receiving the benefits of the treatment. As always, drink plenty of water after your treatment.