Why does massage aid relaxation?

I am often asked by my clients why massage aids relaxation. I help my clients to become ‘pain-free’ and more body functional using sports and remedial massage. At times I will combine this type of massage with reflexology to promote relaxation within a client’s body.

Overall I will choose to use Swedish massage techniques, to relax the body, as these techniques really stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow. Given that the main purpose of having Swedish, as opposed to sports and aromatherapy massage, is to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood. It in turn releases toxins from the muscles, improves the circulation whilst soothing muscles making my client ell more relaxed.

If I wanted to have a relaxation massage or if I was purchasing one for a friend or family member, I would always opt primarily for a ‘Swedish’ massage. This type of massage uses stronger strokes on thicker muscle coverage. Combined with pressure adjustments, along the way, it is an ideal massage for relaxation.

Next, I would opt for the ‘stress-busting’ package with myself where I combine deep tissue sports massage to release neck and shoulder tension before time on the client’s feet to balance their entire body systems through the use of ‘reflexology’.

Swedish massage has many calming benefits, which I have blogged about in a past issue. Just to recap, Swedish massage is really good for overall body relaxation and has the following benefits to the physical body:

  • Improves blood circulation by increasing oxygen flow
  • Relieves muscular strain by removing toxins
  • Helps to reduce physical and emotional stress

When it comes to mental health and keeping emotionally balanced this type of massage really does aid relaxation. Benefits to mental and emotional health:

  • Promotes better sleep
  • Aids mental relaxation
  • Decreases stress, anxiety, and any physical irritations within muscles
  • Gives an overall sense of well-being

Never compromise on the health of you and your body! After all, true health is wealth!

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