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Relaxation/Swedish Massage

relax.jpgOver time, the body builds up unhealthy amounts of stress hormones in response to work deadlines, traffic jams, relationship problems and more. These hormones can cause physical problems, like digestive issues, headaches and sleeplessness. Relaxation massage decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain's chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood.

Relaxation Process

During the session, the guest lays on a massage table in a quiet, comforting environment. Dim lighting and soft music contribute to the peaceful atmosphere, creating the perfect setting for worries and stress to melt away. Using his or her hands, the therapist applies gentle pressure to the body, smoothly manipulating the muscle tissue. The careful rubbing and kneading of the body's outer tissue layers promotes complete relaxation of both the mind and body.

Stress Relief

Stress relief is one of the most significant benefits of relaxation massage and is an important component of a healthier lifestyle. A one-hour massage session can reduce stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing levels of insulin and cortisol.
 
Massage also improves blood circulation, leading to lower blood pressure and improved body functions. The techniques used during the session facilitate blood flow through congested areas, releasing pressure and allowing new blood to flow through targeted areas. When the muscles are gently pulled and squeezed, lactic acid is flushed from the muscles, which contributes to the improved functioning of the lymphatic system. This system rids the body's internal organs and muscles of metabolic waste, leading to better functioning and lower blood pressure.
 
The lowered blood pressure caused by massages can reduce one's risk for developing anxiety, depression and hostile feelings, control stress hormone levels and lower the risk of having a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure.
 
Stress can cause muscle soreness, but massage relaxes the muscles and reduces pain. By using special techniques, the therapist can remove tension from the muscles and increase flexibility. The blood flow facilitated by massage also delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, leading to a reduction in pain, inflammation and stiffness.

Rejuvenation

Following a massage session, most guests report feeling not just relaxed, but completely rejuvenated. This feeling is attributed to the release of dopamine and serotonin during massage. These hormones are responsible for happiness and feelings of overall well-being. Studies show that during massage, activity in the right lobe of the brain, which is more active when people are depressed, is decreased, and activity in the left lobe is increased. The left lobe is most active when people are happy, and massage kicks that area of the brain into high gear.

Boosting the Immune System

Finally, massage can boost the immune system by reducing the amount of cortisol; also known as the stress hormone, released in the body. Elevated levels of cortisol are a culprit of weight gain. The hormone attacks the body's defensive cells that kill off bacteria and viruses, but massage decreases cortisol and therefore improves the functioning of the immune system.

Session Length

For example, a 60 minute custom massage session will consist of five minutes for initial consultation and undressing, 50 minutes of a hands-on custom massage and five minutes for redressing and recommendations. 
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