Soft music, soft lighting, aromatherapy, a sensory atmosphere of tranquility, that's what we need for a good full-body massage.
To begin with, a combination of gentle stretching and pressing movements, mobilization of the fascia with relaxing, kneading passes and synchronization of the breath are ... a blessing!
During the time that the massage progresses, your Livebetter Massage therapist will be attentive to the most tense areas and will increase the amount of pressure and kneading accordingly to achieve a full state of relaxation. A lot of people get into a semi-numb state ... fantastic!
But what most people don't know is that while you may be in a completely relaxed state, your body will go into wake-up mode during a massage. A massage stimulates your nervous system. It awakens your muscles, organs and glands. It moves blood and lymphatic fluid and activates a multitude of cells to produce and release chemicals and hormones... unbelievable!
Your body needs a massage to renew itself and reverse the effects of stress.
The lesser known benefits of receiving a relaxing full body massage.
The light friction of your masseur's hands together with the massage creams and oils causes a gentle exfoliation, opens the skin pores, activates blood flow, and oxygenates the skin, allowing new cells to emerge and rejuvenate our dermis.
Relaxation of the nervous system
As you relax, your nervous system goes into a "rest and assimilate" mode. If you have areas of pain and tension in your body, it may be the result of pressure on the nerves caused by tight muscles and massage can provide relief.
A relaxed nervous system means that hormone production will balance out. The production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids decreases as anti-stress hormones such as endorphins increase. These hormones that regulate sleep and wake cycles, menstrual cycles, immune cells, blood sugar, and even the amount of food you eat, react positively to the relaxation that accompanies a full-body massage.
Muscles are like sponges: when they contract, blood and lymphatic fluid are squeezed out and when they relax, fresh blood enters providing nutrition, oxygen, and fresh immune cells. Your masseur can also incorporate stretching movements and range of motion into the massage, which mobilizes your joints, relaxes tendons, and places beneficial tension on your muscles and ligaments.
The lymphatic system is crucial for balancing fluid and the function of your immune system. Lymphatic vessels run parallel to blood vessels throughout the body and large groups of lymph nodes are found in the neck, armpits, and groin.
As your massage therapist works to wash blood through muscles and tissues, they also drain the lymphatic system, where the lymph nodes filter out dead cells, waste products, and potential pathogens. Slow lymphatic flow contributes to fluid retention and drainage of the lymphatic system reduces edema of the body.
Improved bone blood supply
Bones also have blood supply and receive the same massage benefits as your muscles. Blood flow carries calcium and other minerals to your bones to support their strength and function. Tendon and muscle relaxation relieves stress on the bones.
A healthy heart
A full body massage is also good for the heart. The vasodilation produced by massage increases venous return which, in turn, increases blood flow and oxygen supply to all your organs. Your entire cardiovascular system relaxes and circulation improves throughout your body. Activation of the rest and assimilation mode of the parasympathetic nervous system helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
Stress affects the digestive system, and a full-body massage can have a very healthy effect on how your body processes food and nutrients. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates digestion, produces necessary chemicals such as saliva, gastric juice, and insulin, and stimulates peristalsis, which moves food through the intestines.
Unrestricted breathing is one of the fastest ways to reduce stress, and your first few breaths on the massage table can turn into a sigh of relief. In addition to the diaphragm, there are muscles in the ribs, back, chest, and neck that help with breathing. Regulated breathing provides us with an ideal state for meditation during the massage and enables us to disconnect from the outside world, relaxing the mind.
At Livebetter Massage we specialise in full-body massage. We combine different massage techniques - Swedish, Thai, Balinese, deep or lymphatic - and we apply our knowledge to the needs and tastes of each client.
If you are convinced that what you need is a full-body massage, read more about the various styles of massage we offer on our website and book your next appointment online.
You will be surprised with the results!
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