Our body builds up an unhealthy amount of stress hormones (also known as the stress hormone), in response to our daily life, work deadlines, relationship problems and so on. The stress hormones we produce can cause physical problems, from headaches to sleepless nights. A Swedish massage decreases the amount of stress in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during a Swedish massage reduced stress and an improved mood trigger changes in the brain’s chemistry.
Stress relief is one of the most significant benefits of a Swedish massage and it is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A one-hour massage session can reduce stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing levels of insulin and cortisol. Cortisol is an important hormone in the body, secreted by the adrenal glands and involved in the following functions and more
During a Swedish massage session, the client will lay on a massage table in a quiet, comfortable environment. Candles creating dim lighting and gentle music to help contribute to a peaceful atmosphere. Creating the perfect setting to melt away stress and worries. The therapist applies gentle pressure to the body, smoothly manipulating muscle tissue and careful rubbing and kneading of the body’s outer tissue layers, promoting complete relaxation of the body and mind.
When the muscles are gently massaged, pulled and squeezed, this flushes away the lactic acid from the muscles, this then contributes to the improvement and functionality of the lymphatic system . The lymphatic system rids the body metabolic waste, leading to better functioning and lower blood pressure.
Swedish massage improves blood circulation, improved body functions and lower blood pressure. The techniques used during a Swedish massage session, increases blood flow through congested areas of the body, allowing new blood to flow through targeted areas and releasing pressure.
The lowered blood pressure caused by the Swedish massage can reduce risk of developing any anxiety, any depression and any hostile feelings, control of cortisol (stress hormone) levels and lower the risk of stroke, kidney failure or heart attack.
Stress can cause soreness of the muscles, but a Swedish massage can relax the muscles and reduces any muscle pain. By using special techniques, the massage therapist can remove any tension from the muscles and increase flexibility too. The blood flow facilitated by massage also delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, leading to a reduction in stiffness, inflammation and pain.
After a Swedish massage session, most guests feel relaxed and completely rejuvenated. This feeling is attributed to the release of serotonin and dopamine during a massage. These are the hormones responsible for our happiness and feelings well-being. Studies have show that during massage, the activity in the brain change. The right lobe of the brain, is more active when people are depressed, during a massage this is decreased. The left lobe is most active when we are happy and activity in the left lobe will be increased during a massage.
Boosting the Immune System
Swedish massage is known to and can boost our immune system by reducing the amount of cortisol (also known as the stress hormone, as discussed earlier) released in our body.
Elevated levels of cortisol are a factor of weight gain. This hormone attacks the body’s defensive cells that kill viruses and bacteria, however a massage will decrease cortisol and therefore improves our immune system.