Today let’s take a look at the science behind relaxation. Of course it feels amazing, but why? Well, relaxation isn’t just a state of mind—it’s actually a scientific state of being that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body.
By being in a state of relaxation out ability to handle stress becomes greater whether it be from everyday factors or major life events.
Massage therapy has been used for hundreds of years as a natural and holistic form of relaxation. Having regular massage therapy (I recommend once a month for most people) is a fantastic way to create positive stress management which of course results in improved overall health and wellbeing. Regular massage increases and balances key neurotransmitter hormones, improves breathing capacity, slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure and creates an inner state of calm in body, mind and soul.
So, what is relaxation?
The relaxation state officially occurs when your body is not in the fight or flight stress mode response. The signal comes directly from your nervous system and isn’t controlled by your mind simply deciding to relax or not be stressed anymore – it doesn’t quite work that way! When the autonomic nervous system functioning returns to normal you are no longer stressed! This state can be achieved by balancing key hormones, known as neurotransmitters, that regulate how your body reacts to stressful circumstances and treatment like the reset massage that are designed to specifically work with and talk to your nervous system!