Relaxation massage aims to induce a calming effect and thus limiting the effects of the sympathetic nervous system or the fight or flight response.
Stress, or rather distress are terms that are used interchangeably. But it is important to note the difference. Stress in varying magnitudes happens all the time as the body responds to its environment and aims to maintain a dynamic equilibrium or homeostasis. Distress on the other hand, according to Seyle (the endocrinologist who conducted many experiments on organism’s response to stressors) is the prolonged effect of a high level of stress that creates an internal imbalance which is detrimental to health.
What to expect
Your friendly therapist will arrive and great you with everything necessary for your treatment. Please show the therapist where to set up and bring a glass of water for yourself to have post treatment. If you are in a public setting such as an office or an event it is preferable that a room or closed, quiet space is made available.
- Health history form
This is not necessary for corporate, group or event bookings. For individuals and couples, the first consultation may require you to fill out a health questionnaire, which is then discussed further. This enables us to rule out any contraindications to treatment.
We will then ask what you would like out of the treatment and answer any questions you may have.
The therapist will leave the room and give you time to disrobe. Please keep your undergarments on. Some clients may want to remain clothed in which case the therapist can work through them. You can then lie on the table and cover yourself with the covering towel.
- The treatment
Relaxation massage employs strokes of varying lengths and speeds depending the area being treated. Swedish massage has long been synonymous with relaxation. Each therapist has his or her own flow.
- Post treatment
When the therapist leaves the room take your time to rise slowly and move your body. Drink some water and stay hydrated afterwards.
On the therapists return you will be able discuss the progress of the treatment and possible exercises and stretches to perform at home.
After packing up the massage table and washing up, the remedial therapist will bid you farewell and allow you to relax in the comfort of your home.