Most people would agree that a massage can help you feel relaxed but it can do so much more than that. Massage can provide a welcome relief to tense and tired muscles as well as helping circulation. A full body massage also helps to carry nutrients such as glucose around your body as well as helping to remove toxins from your body.
Each massage stroke is individual and benefits each part of your body differently, some strokes help to stimulate your muscles whist others can help work with other systems such as your nervous or endocrine system.
There are five types of stroke that make up the traditional Swedish massage techniques. Effleurage is the main one. The therapist will use their hands, forearms or elbows to rub your muscles in long gliding movements pushing blood in the direction of your heart, this helps with your circulation. An oil or lotion is used to help with movement. There’s also kneading and tapping and your limbs may be bent and stretched a little bit. Some therapists even include hot stones during a normal massage to help reach those deeper knots.
Massage is great for combating stress and it relaxes the mind and body. It’s not just about getting rid of those knots or for super sporty people. Your circulation and lymph system are boosted and massage helps with chronic pain.
More people are turning to relaxation massages and other therapies to relieve tensions associated with the stresses of our busy lives, work imbalance and even our daily routine.
We all want to live longer and healthier and our mental health and physical state of body is important it works wonders on the brain too.
A simple one hour massage can work wonders for not just those tense muscles.
Those of you how have done yoga or pilates before know how important breathing can be.
Breathing works in massage too helping to keeping you grounded.
Connecting with your breath is a method for being present. When you concentrate on each aspect of the breathing process, you are present; you let go of the past and future and are focused on the moment inside the breath.
Breathing is consciously its own meditation. Take the time to connect with your breath for a few moments......