Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage – an introduction

As a professional massage therapist, the words “massage” and “relaxation” are a natural fit. Most people don’t realise that every type of massage is to introduce a relaxed state in one way or another. Remedial and Sports massage may be seen more as a “cure” for sprained muscles & torn ligaments etc rather than relaxation but they often can end up with the same result.

At Lavender Moon massage here in Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, relaxing massage is what we do best.

But first, let me answer the typical questions clients have about relaxation massage.

what types of massage are best for relaxing?

If you don’t know one type of massage from another, don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. So when clients ask about a relaxation massage, we tend to steer them to the 3 main styles specifically designed for the most relaxing experience.

They are:

Relaxation: The meaning?

According to most dictionaries, the term is defined as “the state of being free from tension and anxiety.” Add in the massage bit and you have less stress, less anxiety & less tension – Perfect

Ok so why these 3 then? – well they both use very similar techniques. A combination of long slow gliding strokes, rolling, kneading and rhythmic tapping.

By combining these across all areas of the body, the end result is not only a feeling of mental & physical calm but also a feeling of wellbeing.

What is a relaxation massage?

A professional relaxation massage is an extremely pleasurable, safe & relaxing experience (or should be) designed specifically to help relieve muscle tension & stress related symptoms in and on the body. We live our lives at such speeds now, often giving little or no time for our bodies and mind to catch up and recuperate. A relaxation massage will go a long way to redressing that imbalance.

What areas of the body are included in a relaxing massage?

Well, all of it really but the main areas of the body we concentrate on at Lavender Moon are relaxing head, shoulders, hands, back & feet massages. To create a truly relaxed state, you simply must go for a full body experience (usually an hour minimum) BUT.. even in just 30 minutes, a head, shoulder & back massage can help transform how you feel.

What are the health benefits of a relaxation massage?

Helps to lower blood pressure
when your calm & relaxed, all else follows

Aids circulation
all that stroking, rolling & kneading etc cant help but increase the circulation

Improves skin tone and appearance
Same as above, when the skin has multiple changes to its basic state, then any movement will help circulation. If you pinch the skin, blood comes to the surface briefly as a reaction, a relaxation massage does the same thing without the pinching – obviously!

Helps to improves gastrointestinal movement
A very academic way of saying it will help with your toilet function & constitution (you know what I mean, don’t you?)

Helps to reduce stress (both mental and muscle based)
Its well proven that any relaxing massage will help induce a reduction in stress levels, so if you are feeling anxious, worried, stressed out with the kids, your job or just need a little boost then the benefits far out way the modest investment.

FACT:
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people who received a 45 minute Swedish massage experienced a significant drop in levels of the stress hormone cortisol

Plus…

Helps the bodies Lymphatic System
by helping to increase the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system which in turn, helps reduce toxins that can build up in the body.

Plus…

A relaxation massage can help boost the immune system – all that from a massage, great isnt it?

How long will the benefits of a relaxation massage like Swedish or Head,neck,back & foot?

Ok, that’s 2 questions:
Usually the benefits will vary from one person to another (not everyone is stressed to the hilt) some clients just come for the experience of a little “me-time” as we like to call it but typically a few days to a week would be considered normal.

And we recommend that any massage regardless of its type should be fortnightly but like all things in life, it’s entirely up to you!

What’s the typical costs of such a relaxing massage?

From as little as $50 for 30 minutes to $180 for a “full on” 2 hour super relaxing massage experience – booking & pricing info here

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At Lavender Moon massage near Noosa, our job is to ensure we provide high quality, value for money professional massage services using only cruelty free products. Offering multiple types of massage and also Reiki healing & treatments. Hopefully you can find the perfect fit for you?

Dont hesistate to contact us if you need any help!

Its all about your experience!

WHAT OUR CLIENT’s SAY

Lovely Hands, Very Relaxing – Thank you
A very relaxing technique
Great foot massage
Good relaxation massage.
Very relaxing – Thanks!
Great relaxing massage, Very good technique
That was a great massage!
Very warm and calming I felt really relaxed afterwards
Lovely massage – Thank you
Awesome – Thanks
Enjoyable and relaxing experience
Lovely Service
The Leg Queen! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
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Knows her massage front to back!

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What should I do after a massage?

Always drink Water…Your massage can help flush out some toxins from your body, increase circulation of both the blood and lymphatic system. So, water will replace any fluid lost and help aid the bodies replenishing system. Adding an extra glass or two will help you feel better for longer.

Can I drink Tea, Coffee or Alcohol after a massage?

Having Tea, coffee or alcohol after a massage isnt the same as adding a glass of water. I would recommend you avoid these as they are diuretics (you lose more fluid then whats going in your body) They stop the body absorbing water effectively and will inhibit your body getting rid of toxins.

Can I eat after my massage?

Having something to eat after you massage, albeit a snack, speeds up your circulatory systems, other body functions such as digestive system. This will help if you fell light headed after your massage as your body will be requiring n energy boost.

Should I rest after my massage?

Try to book your massage when you know you can go home, put your feet up, read a book or watch tv.. This helps you to continue to feel good and continue that calm feeling of wellbeing.

Should I sleep after my massage?

If you feel like sleeping, do it! Listen to your body. Your muscles have just been worked and manipulated, this is your time to recover and recharge your batteries.

How should I feel afterwards?

Both during and after your massage you might feel emotional. As your body relaxes, its quite normal for you body to relax and release any harbouring emotions  you’re holding on to.  While you may feel energised, refreshed, stress free there may be times when you may feel the need to cry. This is perfectly normal. It’s the bodies way of releasing your stresses that have been stacking up.

Will I be sore afterwards?

Its normal to feel a little sore or tender after a massage or the next day. Your therapist will have worked muscles in your body, so it’s like a having a full body workout for your muscles especially if they are overly tight. Having a regular massage will help reduce this over time.

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Relaxation Massage

When you’re feeling stress throughout your body, you have a couple of choices. You can ignore it — in which case, it will probably continue to get worse. Or you can respond to it, seeking to alleviate the pain and tension you’re feeling. One of the best ways to do this is through a relaxation massage.

It’s no wonder that relaxation massage has become so popular. People today lead complicated lives filled with stress, and they often aren’t able to take the time off that they need to truly relax. In just an hour or two, a relaxation massage can boost your well-being and health, providing far more in benefits than one would ever expect for the small investment of time and money.

While most massage treatments leave you feeling relaxed, a relaxation massage takes that state as its goal. It’s one of the best possible ways to remove stress from the body. Keep reading to learn more about relaxation massages.

What is Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage uses techniques designed to remove tension from your muscles. As you undergo a relaxation massage, your body responds by boosting your circulation, sending more oxygen throughout your organs and skin. It also gets fluids moving throughout your lymphatic and digestive systems, helping your body to detoxify itself. And of course, it helps your muscles to unknot and relax, so that you walk away from your massage full of well-being, with all tension removed.

When you receive a relaxation massage, the therapist works on your entire body, searching for pockets of tension and relieving them. Most massage therapists use techniques from Swedish massage for relaxation. They knead, stroke, and roll the skin and muscles throughout the entire body, rather than focusing on specific areas. Many therapists also employ techniques involving the release of connective tissue as well to promote relaxation.

Relaxation massages are typically performed in a room designed to remove you from the tensions of your ordinary day. You can expect gentle lighting and soft music designed to help you unwind. Some therapists add aromatherapy oils to the mix to enhance relaxation. In a relaxation massage, nothing is expected of the client. All you have to do is lie on the massage table and give yourself over to being pampered.

The History of Relaxation Massage

Massage on the whole has a history that stretches back thousands of years as part of the holistic healing methodologies developed by the ancients across Japan, India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. While in many cases the ancient healers who developed massage and other healing techniques were focused on medical practice, the relaxation benefits of massage were always evident.

In India, Ayurvedic healing practices focused on bringing ailing individuals into harmony and balance with their environment. The purpose of massage was to promote this sense of balance within the body to help allow natural healing.

While in China, the focus was on using massage as an element of traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners of Buddhism saw touch, including massage, as an essential element of spiritual training. It was perhaps in China that massages were first made available to people who weren’t ill, to be used as a means of relaxation.

Massage travelled to Japan, where the concepts of balance and healing also came to the forefront in a more active way through the development of shiatsu massage, which seeks to boost the individual’s energy level. While the primary purpose of a shiatsu massage is not relaxation, it nevertheless results in a feeling of emotional well-being that helps to relieve stress.

As massage travelled to Europe, in ancient Greece and Rome, the focus was on medical treatment and on preparing athletes for competition. However, even here the relaxing effects of massage were acknowledged, with massage considered a standard beauty treatment, with treatments readily available in public baths.

Massage came back into the forefront of wellness treatments in the early 1800s, when Swedish medical doctor Per Ling developed a movement system that incorporated the techniques of what we now know as Swedish massage. He paired these techniques with medical gymnastics exercise to treat physical problems — but people soon realized that the stroking, squeezing, and pressure of Swedish massage also provided a wealth of stress-relieving benefits.

While massage came to be used to treat those suffering from nerve-related injuries, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that it began to catch on again as a wellness practice. Now, it’s easy to find trained and licensed massage therapists who are able not only to treat physical aches and pains but also to enhance overall well-being through the healing touch of relaxation massage.

The Physical Benefits of Relaxation Massage

One of the major physical effects of relaxation massage is a lowering of cortisol throughout the body. This stress hormone is key to the fight-or-flight impulse that humans experience when endangered — but when you’re not in danger, cortisol floods the body with stress instead. It increases your heart rate and blood pressure, and it brings stress-related trauma to every part of your body. Cortisol plays a role in everything from obesity, headaches, and acne to anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

When you get a relaxation massage, you start to reduce the cortisol coursing through your body. As a result, you feel less tense. Your mood is boosted, and your mental processes become sharper and clearer.

Other physical benefits of relaxation massage include:

  • Reduction of muscle tension. The physical unknotting of muscles that occurs during massage helps stressed muscles start to let go of the physical tension they’re experiencing.
  • Improved breathing. The relaxation induced by a massage deepens your breathing, promoting greater oxygenation throughout your body. Often massage therapists will encourage clients to follow deep breathing patterns during a massage, enhancing this effect.
  • Improved circulation. Along with the improved breathing comes a boost in circulation throughout the body. Blood returns to the heart more easily as the body relaxes. As well-oxygenated blood circulates throughout the muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue between muscles), tissues start to heal.
  • Improved lymphatic flow. Along with the boost to circulation, massage also improves lymphatic flow, helping the body to carry away waste products more easily and reducing the toxic load on the body’s systems.
  • Lowered blood pressure. While anyone suffering from chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) should seek medical treatment, massage can be a key step to take toward lowering blood pressure over the long run.
  • Restored mobility. Both relaxation and therapeutic massage are excellent ways to help underused muscle groups gain greater flexibility and mobility.
  • Pain management. If you’re suffering from short-term physical cramps or muscle spasms, relaxation massage is one of the best possible ways to relieve that pain. Those suffering from chronic pain conditions, such as sciatica or various forms of arthritis, often find that relaxation massage helps ease their pain as well.

The Psychological Benefits of Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage offers far more than its many physical benefits. Many people who are feeling just fine physically seek out massages to help them relax, clear their minds, and foster a sense of calmness. Others turn to massage as a step of self-care when they start to feel a bit overwhelmed by work or just by life, knowing that massage will enhance their well-being.

The links between the body and the mind are clear when you look at the effects of the hormone cortisol. Here is a physical chemical that has measurable results on the body’s physiology, as noted above. And yet it’s also key in producing psychological reactions of stress and anxiety. When you seek out a relaxation massage, you can count on a reduced level of cortisol, which reduces the feelings of anxiety and depression that the fight-or-flight hormone can engender.

Relaxation massage also creates a pronounced sense of well-being just through the experience of being touched. Many people experience a deficit of physical contact in their day-to-day lives, and the skin-to-skin contact of a relaxation massage can have a psychologically therapeutic effect.

The ability to take an hour or more out of one’s busy schedule just to relax is also emotionally beneficial. People facing negative situations in their lives can benefit by the improved outlook that a relaxation massage induces. Returning to daily life with an improved mood can provide the positive mindset needed to face challenges with renewed vigour.

Types of Relaxation Massage

While any massage is going to fight back against cortisol, release muscle tension, and improve your well-being, several types of bodywork are specifically designed to maximise relaxation.

Swedish Massage

In a Swedish massage, the therapist rubs all the muscles in long, smooth strokes that encourage blood to return from the limbs to the heart. The improved circulation resulting from these techniques give you a boost of energy even while the relief of muscle tension helps you relax. Often therapists add elements of heat or aromatherapy to encourage muscle release and relaxation.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a healing bodywork methodology that focuses on the feet, with different areas of the feet corresponding to areas and organs throughout the body. For example, the base of the big toe corresponds to the throat, so a reflexology therapist may focus on the big toe if treating a client who has some throat discomfort. Reflexology is known to reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia, while enhancing relaxation.

Reiki

Reiki is a type of therapy that transfers healing energy from the therapist to the client through touch. This technique, which originated in Japan, results in feelings of well-being and peace, and it’s well-known as a type of bodywork that puts relaxation in the forefront.

Relaxation vs. Other Types of Massage

If you want a massage, you have a lot of choices. How do you know what type you need, especially since every type of massage brings relaxation with it? Here are a couple of the other most popular types of massages to help you decide.

Remedial Massages

Remedial massages use many of the same techniques as relaxation massages, but they have a different purpose. Their aim is to remedy pain or another problem that you’re having with your body, anything from lower back pain to frozen shoulders. Remedial massages typically use more pressure than relaxation massages, and they incorporate other bodywork techniques, including trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

Sports Massages

Sports massage is a specific type of remedial massage designed to help athletes recover from injuries sustained during sports play or practice. It can incorporate elements of physical therapy and focuses primarily on parts of the body in need of rehabilitation. Of course, just like any massage, a sports massage provides relief from muscle tightness and a measure of relaxation, even if that’s not its main purpose.

If you’re seeking a relaxation massage to unwind from the stresses of everyday life, contact us today.