The Art & Science Behind Massage
Massage is most commonly used for both relaxation and to help relieve physical pain such as low back pain, sciatica, muscle strains/sprains, whiplash injuries, frozen shoulder and includes ailments such as high blood pressure, insomnia, headaches, and poor circulation. However, it is also very effective for the management of mental and emotional stress. In fact, all three (mental, emotional, physical) are deeply interconnected and affect one another more than you think. To have a truly effective massage, you need to address all three.
On the physical level, those suffering from any type of physical discomfort or pain, massage naturally releases our endorphins for pain relief. Massage is the oldest and most basic form of treatment, and also our own natural reaction to pain. If something hurts, our hands automatically go there to relieve it without even a forethought. However, sometimes pain isn’t limited to just the physical. In fact, it often doesn’t even start there. Physical pain is usually a by-product, a symptom, of a larger problem – usually (not always) a cumulative snowball effect rooted in mental or emotional stress.
On the mental level, for those who suffer migraines/headaches, irritability, inability to focus or concentrate, or worry, relaxation massage brings the mind back into balance. It helps take off the edge experienced by accumulated stress, and slows down the brainwaves into either a Theta or Delta state, both of which induce feelings of deep relaxation and promote feelings of peace, calmness and serenity. Relaxation massage helps you transition from your lower brain flight, fight or freeze responses to the higher brain functioning of your prefrontal cortex. Essentially, massage helps you to think more clearly and make better life choices.
On the emotional level, for those who suffer from high stress, anxiety and depression, relaxation massage helps reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine creating that sense of relief and feeling of being able to breathe again.
Come Relax, Unwind and Let-go.