Get the most out of your massage session.
Yes, for some it might seem very easy to relax and let go, but for others it is not always so. There are a couple of things that you can think about before the massage in order to get the most out of a it and make the session more agreeable.
Plan and book the massage for a day and at a time when you do not generally have urgencies or anything that you need to run to afterwards. To continue to enjoy the benefits of a massage, it is good to try to continue the day with positive activities that keep you in a good mood and not engage in high intensity exercises. A cross-fit exercise would for example not be recommended, as you would be pushing up the bodies stress levels.
Do not have a heavy meal beforehand. Your body needs to digest the food and it may feel uncomfortable lying on your stomach, so better to wait an hour or two. Indeed, massage draws the blood flow away from the digestive tract which may cause discomfort and poor digestion.
Leave in time and try to arrive a couple of minutes early. If you leave late, you may feel extra stressed about arriving on time and if there is a lot of traffic this will also be detrimental to your wellbeing.
Think about going to the bathroom before the session, if you need to. Nothing is more annoying than lying on the massage table and not being able to enjoy it because you feel the urge to use the bathroom.
Turn off your phone. If you start to relax, and then hear a beep, you are immediately thrown back into another ”environment” and start thinking about who may have sent a message, what is it about, could it be something urgent, and off you go, far away from the relaxing state you where in. It will take you some time to relax again, so do disconnect, your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Tell me what you are expecting from the massage and if there are any parts where you feel tense, or any parts that you do not like being touched. Several of my clients prefer not to have their tummies touched, and if I know this beforehand, the experience will be so much better for the client. Many prefer more time being spent on their backs, but others prefer it to be the arms. This can not be guessed, so do speak up as it will be beneficial for you.
To let go, most people enjoy closing their eyes, but this is not a must, it’s up to you.
Let me know if you are feeling cold or too warm and if the pressure used is not right. The intention of the massage is to make you feel better and enjoy the experience. Everyone is different and may prefer different pressures and styles at different times. One person may prefer a lot of pressure and another only soft pressure.
If you feel like moving your arms or legs during the massage, do so. Sometimes the position you start in does not feel comfortable and I know that some clients feel awkward changing, but once again, if you are not comfortable, you will not be able to enjoy the massage fully, even if the massage skills used are optimal.
This is your METIME. Enjoy the moment and even if you have difficulties to relax during the session, don’t worry, you will feel the massage benefits afterwards.
Depression and anxiety are becoming a global health problem, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, it’s estimated that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. We are specialized in an anti-depression massage specifically addressed to assist and soothe conditions related to depression. Massage will not cure the condition but is complementary to other medical treatments and can help to relieve the physical symptoms associated with depression. Anti-depression massage helps to remove tension in the body and is performed with slow and rhythmic strokes to the head, neck, back and back of legs. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, regular anti-depression massages can assist your condition and be used together with other treatments as an effective method to balance mind, body and spirit.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has qualified burnout as an official medical diagnosis. Those experiencing burnout should seek medical assistance for counselling and advise on how to manage their symptoms. Feeling overwhelmed at work is classified a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
Among the conditions of burnout, WHO sets out, amongst others
* Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
* Increased mental distance from one’s job; or
* Feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
* Reduced professional efficacy.
Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that can be caused by a prolonged period of constant, relenting stress and is diagnosed by a doctor. The medical expert will be able to assist in advising on the best treatment which will be different for each patient. Anti-burnout massage is a complementary treatment which aims at releasing you from exhaustion that has developed from accumulated tension, often in the professional sphere but it is also commonly experienced in the home and when relationships become strained or family roles change. It helps to counteract the effect of stress hormones and fills the body with feel good hormones, serotonin, which eliminates stress and produces a profound feeling of calmness and satisfaction. The anti-burnout massage relaxes the muscles and especially the nervous system, and gives you the feeling of being completely balanced, quite much like you may feel after a long holiday. If your job, family role or other circumstances have left you feeling like there is no end in sight, you should consider trying this massage.
Positive effects on Mental Health
Depression and anxiety are becoming a global health problem, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, it’s estimated that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Massage will not cure the condition but may help relieve the physical symptoms associated with it. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, regular massages can reduce your anxiety and be used together with other treatments as an effective method to balance mind, body and spirit.
If you are interested in this benefit, come in for a professional massage.
What really happens to your body when you get a massage?
In today’s society we experience a lot of moments that put stress in our lives and have an impact on our wellbeing - which may involve sleep problems, fatigue, anxiety, stress and irritability amongst some. Stress is an inevitable part of life.
Today we all know the different effects that stress may have on our body and that massage can help to improve this state, but what is it that makes massage such an effective stress reliever and what really goes on in the body to have such positive effects. This week we will set out here on Instagram some explanations to how the body is impacted by massage.
One of the first thing that massage springs to mind is RELAXATION
The flow of rhythmic, sweeping movements that are used in massage that may also include light strokes and kneading have as a benefit that the body and mind is brought into a more relaxed state. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated and this is where the nervous system allows your body to relax and produce endorphins, those hormones that put you in a feel-good state and also reduce the production of cortisol (stress hormone). The relaxed state increases the levels of serotonin (chemical that positively affects emotions and thoughts) as the heart and breathing rate slow down, the blood pressure decreases and muscles relax. When your cortisol is decreased and serotonin increased, the body is more able to deal with pain, anxiety and sleep problems. Decreasing physical and emotional stress is optimal to improving overall health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in this benefit, come in for a professional massage.
After relaxing holidays, and having some time off from the normal every day chores, it might be a good idea to decide on continuing as much as possible in that relaxed mood that makes you feel so good and happy. Once we go back to work, kids go back to school and start with their after-school activities, deadlines, appointments, meetings, housework, sports, and other chores kick in, you may feel overwhelmed as so much is going on at one time. That is why it is good to plan ahead and think about taking care of ourselves and not let the stress take over.
Meditation helps you to stay grounded, and can help you to keep stressful situations at bay. Just being able to take a short time for yourself, creating a moment of stillness in your mind is a powerful way to become more relaxed. If you only have five minutes, take those five minutes to meditate, which can improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.
Something so easy to do, which is essential to life, but which we do not always think about actively. It just happens naturally, and we may not give it so much thought, but maybe we should. Breathing techniques may help with stress and improve your health, as it may lower the heart rate, improve blood circulation and promote clearer thinking.
When you are angry or stressed out it is often difficult to think about anything else than what is currently going on and the situation that has put you in that mode. However, if you take some time off and practice some easy breathing techniques, this can calm you down and reverse the physical symptoms that you are feeling.
There are many techniques which are available for free on the internet. If you only have five minutes, I would suggest you look for “cardiac coherence” on youtube and you should find some easy steps to follow. If you have some more time, here is a simple technique that can be used to put you in a more relaxed state.
· Find an isolated spot, where you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes
· Inhale slowly for the count of 4
· Exhale slowly for the count of 8
· Notice the space in between the inhalation and exhalation
· Repeat until you begin to relax and feel calm
Much like massage, there is no doubt that breathing can encourage relaxation and healthy habits. It keeps the body/mind functioning and curbs stress. Your muscles naturally relax and you can go about your day a little easier.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the time to exercise when you have a tight schedule. But that is the moment when it is the most important to keep at it and not neglect the planned session. It is well known that exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you are not able to make it to your planned training session, do try to squeeze in a short 15 minute walk in the fresh air some time during the day. A little goes a long way when you need it.
Laugh and sing
In this study, it was shown that giggling and music can help to lower the blood pressure. Indeed, it showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing some weight, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication. So, it might be a good idea to listen to music around the house, sing and laugh as much as possible throughout the day.
Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus, massage feels good. When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love. Schedule a massage now to prepare for a busy (and fun) autumn!
Commit to taking care of yourself this autumn! You may be surprised with the results.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !