Telling somebody to relax will often cause the opposite to happen. So if you don’t think you’ll be able to relax during a massage, then you won’t, right? Well, that’s not necessarily true.
You see there are physical responses that happen in your body while you are having a massage that WILL help you relax, even if your head is refusing to shut down and give you peace and quiet.
So how does it work?
A massage loosens you up
First, a good massage will relax and ‘normalise’ your soft tissue (that’s things like your muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments). Once that soft tissue is relaxed, then your nerves and deeper connective tissue are released and become more relaxed as well. One of the results of this is that your body feels looser! And when your body feels looser, your mind can be more relaxed.
Another way that massage helps you relax is by inducing what’s known as the Relaxation Response. When experiencing the Relaxation Response:
- Your heart rate slows
- Your breathing rate slows
- Your blood pressure lowers
- Your muscles relax
- Your body’s production of the stress hormone Cortisol decreases
So if you are constantly stressed and know that you don’t relax enough, try a massage. It’s good for you!