10
Jan

All About Massage

Massage is an ancient technique, and it is probably one of the earliest treatment that exists since it is very accessible. You only need your hands and some oil or cream to start. It gives relaxing effects both in the body and in mind. In China, there are references to massage dating back three thousand years before Christ so that would be more than 5000 years ago. The reason it has reached until now is the number of benefits it offers. It helps the muscles, skin, general circulation of the body, nervous system, and our mental state. Let"s discuss each of these for you to understand what is happening inside our body after getting a massage.

Massage is good for the muscles

With massage, the fundamental properties of the muscle are improved like muscle tone, elasticity and its ability to contract. With people who are bedridden or requiring rest, they feel better when massage is applied to them and speeds up rehabilitation.

Massage is good for the skin

Massage can clean the ducts and sweat glands that are lodged in the skin. This will make the skin cleaner, and therefore healthier and beautiful. Through massage the body opens the pores, making it more permeable and more receptive to products for care, significantly increasing its effect.

Massage is good for the nervous system

One of the most exciting effects of massage is on the central nervous system. If a massage is applied to the body, it is very typical to relax and even fall asleep. This is because the nerve endings of the skin reach the nervous system which is in charge of controlling the functions that you do not control.    

Massage for general circulation of the body

As you have already seen, massage increases the flow of body fluids. This is achieved because it produces vasodilation, that is, the vessels through which these liquids circulate become wider. The exchange of waste products and nutrients at the level of all the cells of the body is greater and more active, so there will be less toxic and more usable molecules in our body, thus delaying the aging process.

Psychological benefits

During the massage, many sensory receptors are activated sending different information to the central nervous system. This helps the brain understand the body as a whole. You will be more aware of your body and have a better management of it and find yourselves more agile. On the other hand, massage is capable of regulating neurotransmitters as important as serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline. This facilitates in getting better quality and quantity of sleep, concentration, memory, cognitive functions in general, will reduce the level of stress, relieving processes such as anxiety, depression and self-esteem disorders. Massage has a great healing and regenerating power in your body and is capable of creating an essential sense of well-being.

Now imagine if massage is given by a person who knows what your body needs and knows what the techniques that will best achieve it and how and where to apply them are. If I am to be asked, getting a regular massage near me is suggested as everyone wanted to be relaxed as soon as possible. There are many massage places near me, but I have to make sure that I am the hands of a qualified professional.

One more fact, it has been shown that in premature babies, skin-to-skin contact with their parents achieves a faster and healthier long-term development, causing them to leave the incubator earlier.  There are also some studies showing the importance of receiving a daily hug from a loved one. It has been observed that this simple gesture increases the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin or oxytocin and favors the creation of white blood cells. So with a hug a day, it improves your immune and cardiovascular systems. Also, physical contact makes you feel like a real member of society, and if it doesn’t exist, then there is a feeling of isolation.

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17
Oct

3 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes!

Stress, nerves, and anxiety are all bad for our health. Therefore, it is so important that we know different ways to relax in 5 minutes. This is even more important when we think that we do not always have time for a massage or an hour of meditation and yoga. We need a “quick fix" for this problem.

Walk

A nice walk, whether it goes to the park or another quiet place, makes you calm quickly. If you feel stressed at the office, you can use your lunch hour to get out and have a nice walk. You only need five minutes to forget your problems, hear the birds sing, see some beautiful flowers, etc. It can even help you think of something that bothers you because walking gives you a chance to reflect.

Breathe

You may think, “But I always breathe!". In this case, however, we speak of conscious breathing. The first thing you should do for this is to be aware of the air that enters your lungs, rather than just letting it be a mechanical function that your body is committed to surviving. Breathing is a vital force that plays a significant role as it gives the body nutrition, reduces stress levels and allows you to get more oxygen. If you want to relax, you only need to breathe deeply (always through your nose). You do not have to go to a park or out in the middle of a field – you can calm down just by sitting in the office. To take maximum advantage of this process, you can close your eyes and place yourself in an excellent position (sitting, standing or lying). A helpful exercise is to clog your right nostril and breathe only through the left. Then change and breathe through the right one. This makes you calm very fast.

Visualize

This means “daydreaming" because it is very relaxing. You may have a hectic day at work – then you can imagine that you are on a paradise island and drink from a coconut. Or maybe your version of a peaceful place is in the woods of trees and flowers. You can also try to think about your ideal future to reduce stress levels. However, keep an eye on how you respond to this exercise because thoughts on the vacation or the house you want to move into sometimes can increase stress levels. Imagine if an activity you love will surely feel calmer.