What is a Relaxation Massage?
Relaxation massage is a gentle massage that allows you to relax using smooth, gliding strokes. The massage therapist moves at a slower pace using lighter pressure. You might even fall asleep; for someone who gets a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to lower their stress level, it’s a good choice.
The Health Benefits
There are substantial health benefits to a relaxation massage. Gentle massage stimulates sensory nerve endings in the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous system and cause the brain to release endorphins. These are the body’s natural painkillers, feel-good chemicals that create a sense of well-being.
Massage further aids relaxation by stimulating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes called the rest and digest system. Blood pressure decreases, heart rate slows, and digestive activity increases. Relaxation massage also increases blood circulation and stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.
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