Relaxation massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure.
There is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or "knots" in the muscle tissue, which can be uncomfortable and cause some people tense up against the pressure.
In a relaxation massage, the therapist won't push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release.
You might even fall asleep! It's a good choice for someone who is getting a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to bring their stress level down.
Relaxation massage is also good for someone who get massage as a special treat once a year. It's not realistic to expect that you can get rid of all your knots in one massage
How To Make Your Massage More Relaxing
There are several things you can do to make any massage more relaxing. Most important, get to the spa well ahead of your actual appointment. If the spa has amenities that will help you relax, like hot tubs, saunas or steam room, take advantage of them. Build in time to take a shower.
Get cozy in your white robe, and take something to read in the relaxation lounge.
Love to talk? Think twice about that during a relaxation massage. It keeps you mind active, inhibiting the relaxation response. Instead, focus on your breathing, or on every movement of the therapists' hand. Sometimes when you pay close attention, it becomes a form of meditation for both you and the therapist, and you get a more mindful treatment.
Benefits of Improved Relaxation
◾Improves mental outlook
◾Allows for better handling of pressure
◾Reinforces positive attitude
◾Promotes relaxed states of mental alertness
◾Enhances calm and creative thinking
Massage Therapy Encourages Relaxation
The body can produce an unhealthy buildup of hormones when we're stuck in traffic or meeting a work deadline. Pent-up levels of the "stress hormone" cortisol can lead to sleeplessness, headaches and even digestive problems.
Enter massage therapy. Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over. In fact, massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
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