"Excess stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioural, and even physical symptoms, and the symptoms of stress vary enormously among different individuals. Common somatic (physical) symptoms often reported by those experiencing excess stress include sleep disturbances or changes in sleeping habits (insomnia or sleeping too much), muscle tension, muscle aches, headache, gastrointestinal problems, and fatigue. Symptoms of many preexisting medical conditions can also worsen during times of stress. Emotional and behavioural symptoms that can accompany excess stress include nervousness, anxiety, changes in eating habits including overeating or undereating (leading to weight gain or loss), loss of enthusiasm or energy, and mood changes, like irritability and depression." - According to medicinenet.com
Many of my clients enjoy Mixed massage modality: Stress Relief! on a weekly basis and every session is unique in its own way.
My goal is to shut down your fight or flight response and get your parasympathetic nervous system working.
In other words get you to relax and allow your body to regain normal function by dropping the levels of cortisol and adrenaline and stimulating the production of endorphins, dopamine, serotonin with the use of manual therapy, breathing and mindfulness.
So how does a Mmm! Stress Relief session progress?
First, we create an oasis, a space where the troubles of the exterior world disappear. We can have a drink and a chat before/after, talking is also a good way to relieve stress and we'll get to know each other better as well.
Everything from the light intensity to the music can be finely tuned for soothing your senses. You choose what aromatherapy oil blend we use, how firm or soft the pressure, what parts of the body you want to be massaged and a much more. Any detail can be customised, feel free to ask!
Then you lay down on the heated massage bed, make yourself very comfortable with extra cushions if needed, and after a few moments of breathing you're already beginning to relax.
Now your session actually begins...