This type of treatment uses light to moderate pressure in order to calm the nervous system and restore a state of relaxation in the body and mind. Techniques such as gliding and kneading are performed in a soothing and rhythmical manner to help you fall into a meditative state.
Relaxation Massage is never painful as it’s primary goal is to calm the nervous system, not stimulate it. If areas of concern are found during a relaxation massage, they are noted and gently worked out without any discomfort…after all pain is NOT relaxing.
In order to benefit the most from your Relaxation Massage, we suggest a hour treatment. This allows your nervous system to calm itself. After your Relaxation Massage, you will feel calm, rested and re-energized.
Stress and it’s effects on your body
Most people associate stress with emotional issues and they think that if there is no emotional stress in their lives, they are fine. In reality stress on the body can come in many forms and emotional stress is only one of them. A person can also become physically stressed, another common problem in Toronto. With long work hours and hectic lifestyles, the body can become exhausted and overworked, leading to physical stress. The body can also be affected by chemical stress such as medication, improper diet, smoking and drinking. All these toxins in the body can lead to chemical stress, altering the normal functioning of our body and its systems. No matter which of the previous three types of stress is affecting the body, it will react in the same way. It will activate the stress response known as fight or flight response.
Fight or Flight
The fight or flight response is actually a good thing, in small doses. It allows our body to adapt to life challenges so that we can overcome them. For example: if you’re getting chased by a dog, it will give you the energy and adrenaline to run fast and long. Unfortunately in a city as busy and demanding as Toronto stress can be constant, causing the fight or flight response to get stuck on. This can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
Many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:
• Pain of any kind
• Heart disease
• Digestive problems
• Sleep problems
• Auto-immune diseases
• Skin conditions such as Eczema
Long term stress suppresses the immune system, leaving you susceptible to almost all diseases, even Cancer.
Having such serious and in some cases permanent effects, it is vital to recognize the sign and symptoms of stress as soon as possible and addressing them before it’s too late. Sign and symptoms of stress can include the following:
• Memory problems
• Inability to concentrate
• Poor judgment
• Seeing only the negative
• Anxious or racing thoughts
• Constant worrying
• Irritability or short temper
• Agitation: inability to relax
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Sense of loneliness and isolation
• Depression or general unhappiness
• Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
• Aches and pains
• Diarrhea or constipation
• Nausea, dizziness
• Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
• Loss of sex drive
• Frequent colds
• Eating more or less
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Isolating yourself from others
• Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
• Using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relax
• Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting)
By being aware of how you act and feel can make a huge difference in stopping the long term effects of stress before it’s too late. Once you recognize that you are suffering from chronic stress, it’s important to address it immediately. Luckily, there are many effective and 100% natural ways of treating and eliminating chronic stress; Massage Therapy being at the top of the list.
Relaxation Massage has been clinically proven to help reduce and eliminate chronic stress, and quickly reduce its symptoms. In Toronto, Relaxation Massages are performed by Registered Massage Therapists.
So if you feel like you need a break from your busy life, our therapist here at MyoCare Registered Massage Therapy Clinic, downtown Toronto are highly trained to help you calm your body and mind.