Massage therapy is very effective in relieving stress. It’s probably the reason why massage in Montreal is quite popular. If you’re thinking of getting a massage, check out these four massage techniques that are designed to invoke relaxation.
How a Massage Helps You De-Stress
People want massage therapy for many reasons and stress relief is definitely on top of our list. Stress is basically anything that poses a challenge to our well-being and it can lead to a range of health problems if not managed properly.
Stress activates our body’s flight or fight response and it happens when our sympathetic nervous system produces cortisol, as well as adrenaline and nor-adrenaline, which are all chemicals that trigger muscular tension, fast heart rate, alertness and sweating as a way to protect our body from a potential threat.
But the problem is that this flight or fight response may be activated even without a real threat and if we face stress frequently then it can become a chronic occurrence. The repeated activation of stress response can eventually lead to health problems including depression, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure, clogging of the arteries, insulin dependence and many others.
And this is where massage comes in. Stress relief methods like a good massage can reduce levels of stress hormones in the body. But there are many kinds of massage techniques available and in this guide we list ,the techniques that are specifically designed to help release tension and stress in the body:
This type of massage uses a range of motions to release tension in the muscle and break up any knots in the muscle. Swedish massage uses shaking, percussion, long strokes as well as smooth gliding strokes and kneading to boost blood circulation.
A known stress reliever, a head massage eases tension in the thin muscles of the scalp. A head oil massage called champi is particularly relaxing.
This massage technique is just like a Swedish massage but it also makes use of essential oils, which have been known to be effective in de-stressing. The nostrils are connected to our limbic system, which controls emotion and affects the hormones and nervous system in the brain. By inhaling essential oils, the physiologic and emotional aspects are stimulated.
The ear has over a hundred pressure points, and an auricular acupressure massage massages the part of the ear that connects to the CNS in the brain and triggers the release of our body’s natural stress-relieving hormones called endorphins.
Chronic stress is a common problem not just in Montreal but everywhere. You can do your part in managing your stress level by getting a good massage. If you have a partner, you can both learn how to perform a massage so you can just apply the techniques yourselves instead of going to a spa. In any case, getting a massage is definitely one of the best things you can do to manage stress, maintain good health and protect your well-being.