We are focused on restoring balance and optimizing muscle health with manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for the purpose of stimulating circulation and promoting relaxation. Massage has been around for more than 4,000 years. It allows you quiet time to focus on yourself and become more connected to your body. Generally used for the reduction of stress and pain, it has been shown to boost the immune system as well. Since most diseases are exacerbated by stress, massage can help you become and stay healthier.
Of course there are many reasons for muscle tension but when it comes to stress, it’s a special kind of sore. When your muscles reach a certain level of tightness and tension and remain this way for any length of time, the brain will start to interpret this state as “normal.” The brain will tend to “hold on” to this tension even after the circumstances that caused it to occur in the first place are gone. Thus, muscles feel tight, sometimes painful, and tender to the touch. Many times mobility is decreased. Often when this is going on in the body, the mind is also experiencing the same condition and we feel “stressed” or “uptight.” After a while, our brain/muscles forget how to relax. Our bodies get tight and we experience sore, achy, and restricted muscles. When our minds tense up, we may emotionally react to the physical tension by being snappy, irritable, thinking less clearly and having difficulty sleeping.
If we calm our muscles, our minds can also quiet down. Relaxing our own muscles can be difficult to do. Through Swedish massage we can soften and relax the muscles, release the physical tension in the body and thus break the stress cycle.
When the muscles and connective tissue relax the mind can follow and we get that good “Ahhhh” feeling of being calm and centered once again.
Even if we don’t feel tense or stressed, when touched by someone in a healthy, safe, respectful and caring manner it feels wonderful; Swedish massage just plain feels great!