First of all, Before you have a relaxation massage…..
When you arrive for your relaxation massage you should have a short consultation with your therapist. During this consultation, your therapist will ask you various questions about your health and your expectations of your massage treatment. The consultation is the first real connection both you and your therapist will have with each other. This is the point where you will discover your therapist to be professional, trustworthy and friendly, your first impression will be formed, and your professional bond will start to develop between you.
Here are a few bits of information that we know about massage (although they may disprove at any time by science):
- Knots – Knots don’t actually exist, at least there are not knotted up areas of tissue. The lumps and bumps we feel in muscles are probably either a muscle under a state of tension (and that can cause bumpiness) or they could be scar tissue from a previous injury or micro-tears to the muscle fibres. You may have heard that knots are lumps of lactic acid that sits in the muscle and needs coaxing out though massage. Lactic acid is a substance produced by the muscle for fuel when it is deprived of oxygen. Once the muscle has enough oxygen all the lactic acid gets reabsorbed or reprocessed by the body. This usually happens within 15-20 mins of strenuous exercise.
- Massage and circulation – Massage doesn’t have much of an effect on the circulatory system per se, its possible that a massage can help the local circulation of the tissue being worked on. Blood that is flushed through the micro-circulation by massage helps to flush any muscles or cell waste out of the area to be redistributed by the body. This can help recovery and improves overall tissue health.
- Massage and Toxins in the body – A toxin is defined as a poisonous substance in the body. This could be chemicals from the air or our food amongst other things. The body doesn’t store these dangerous substances in our muscles. These substances are usually stored in bones, possibly the fat and then the liver and kidneys take over to break them down so they can be reabsorbed and eliminated from the body. Even if there is some waste materials in the muscle, and massage could encourage it out, it would still exit the body via the liver and kidneys, so massage wouldn’t speed up the process.
- Relaxation of the body and mind is the ultimate aim of a relaxation massage, creating mindfulness, ‘Zen’ and releasing tension throughout the body. Zen is a school of Buddhism originally from China and later Japan. The essence of Zen is ‘to see things how they are’. This means attempting to understand the meaning of life directly, without being misled by logic thought or language. Zen is concerned with what actually is, rather than what we think or feel about what is. Having your therapist holistically work over your whole body, will create a relaxation mandative experience leaving you want to go back for more.
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Yvonne Jones is a professional massage therapist from Lavender Moon massage and reiki based in beautiful Peregian Beach on Australia’s Sunshine Coast