5 Soothing Massages to Unleash Stress
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
Massage has so many other benefits:
- Increase the blood’s oxygen capacity by 10-15%
- Help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can even help posture and promote more efficient movement;
- Speed recovery from exercise-induced fatigue;
- Increase production of gastric juices, saliva and urine;
- Increase excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and sodium chloride (salt). This suggests that the metabolic rate increases;
- Balance the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed;
- Improves function of the oil and sweat glands that lubricate, clean and cool the skin. Though, inflexible skin can become softer and more supple;
- Indirectly or directly stimulating nerves the supply internal organs can dilate the organs’ blood vessels, improving blood supply.
Chocolate nourishes the body cells, relaxes the muscles, relieves pain (head, back), heats and helps maintain body temperature, expands the veins and thus improves blood return.
It is capable of boosting the metabolism; it acts against retention of water (swellings), detoxification of the organism, also beneficial during slimming and shaping of the body. Chocolate massage nourishes, softens, cleanses, stretches the skin and gives it lustre. It protects against free radicals, which cause ageing, and eliminates cellulite and striae. Chocolate pleasurably relieves stress and brings a feeling of perfect ease and happiness.
Honey massage is considered a type of soft tissue massage. Depending on the technique, this type of massage can be very relaxing or slightly painful. Prior to honey massage, a massage therapist must make sure that the patient is not allergic to honey. The essence of this honey massage is the use of honey as a substance that has gluing qualities. Honey is massaged into the skin allowing the skin to be sticky and filled with moisture. While the body dries, white pallets arise from the body. These white spots are toxins that the honey has absorbed. The second category is the cupping massage, which is the practiced in various countries. The cupping massage stimulates blood flow and loosens muscles, which enhance the functions of peripheral nervous system.
Hot and Cold Stone Massage:
Receiving a hot and cold stone massage equally can bring the benefits and pleasures of combining both.
In addition, massaging and alternating the hot and cool stones helps every cell in the body to receive more oxygen and nutrients and moves lymph thereby encouraging a more effective removal of toxins.
Blood vessels will rise to the surface and dilate when the hot stone is applied and then vessels will constrict and move blood back to the inner core muscles when cold is applied. The opening and closing of the blood vessels causes a pumping action within the circulatory system which brings in more blood to the lungs and heart. It’s pretty much a vascular gymnastics for the body. It allows the body to achieve the same level of relaxation and rejuvenation as going to a sauna and jumping in the plunge pool but with the benefit of a massage included.
Ayurveda Head Massage:
Dating back to 5,000 years of civilization, India has a unique way of rendering magical healing using herbs, oils and other natural resources. Ayurveda is known as “knowledge of life”. It is a method that heals the body with an emotional and spiritual outlook towards oneself. The massage involves kneading the head and rolling it with oil. Further, the masseuse taps the skull gently so that the tension in the brain releases.
In the process, the surface of the head gets warm as a reaction and returns to normal temperature, once the nervous system feels the soothing effect. This massage is popular in India and is prominent in Kerala.