You probably know what the relaxing experience of a massage feels like if you’ve ever had one. As you enter a warm, dark, private room, you discreetly remove your clothing and lie down on a massage table. A sheet is draped over your body. Afterward, the massage therapist knocks on the door to ask you if you’re ready.
The massage therapist will then massage your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs with lotion or body oil over the next 30, 60, or 90 minutes – they may even pamper your feet and ears! At Northumberland Heights, one of the best retreats in Canada expects your massage therapist to put on soothing music or diffuse essential oils through the room to entice all of your senses.
Here’s why you should get a massage at Northumberland Heights, one of the best retreats in Canada?
Massages feel wonderful. It may surprise you to know that the practice of healing with touch is rooted in ancient customs and traditions that date back to 3,000 BCE? The natural healing practices of civilizations in the East and the West found that massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, prevent illnesses, and create feelings of deep relaxation. Modern massage has evolved in recent years, but it remains a highly regarded supplement of physical therapy that can offer a variety of benefits to the body and mind. Throughout this blog, we’ll look at massage benefits and some of the types of massages that are popular.
How Does Massage Help Your Body?
When massaged, tired bodies can be relaxed, tight muscles can be released, knots can be loosened, and pain in joints can be relieved. Massage is, however, more than just a relaxing treatment. There are various theories as to how massage originated, but it’s generally said to have originated in Greece, China, Egypt, and India. People used to believe that diseases and physical ailments were caused by energetic imbalances in the body.
Thus, it was believed that massage and other therapies such as acupuncture would rebalance those pathways, thus allowing the flow of energy to be more harmonious. Whether you agree or disagree with that ancient philosophy, massage offers a number of physical benefits, and many studies and anecdotes back this up.
Pain relief is one of the benefits of massage. The body releases endorphins during massage therapy, which are feel-good chemicals. As a result, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, back and neck pain, and many other conditions can be relieved with regular massage treatments. Additionally, massage can help reduce body dependence on prescription painkillers due to its ability to relieve pain regardless of its source.
The circulation of blood on a person’s body, as well as oxygen and nutrients, is enhanced by massage. The regular use of massage treatments can also increase your lymphatic flow. It further aids in removing excess waste and toxins from the human body. At Northumberland Heights, one of the best retreats in Canada, we take extra care to ensure our guests are treated well and may feel at complete rest as they return to their respective places after the massage is over.
How Can Massage Benefit Your Mental Health?
Modern society is constantly multitasking to stay on top of daily demands. For instance, the evening news is a part of our dinnertime entertainment. So many other incidences like chatting and talking together, or maybe driving while also using social media has become the new normal for us.
Consequently, we rarely disconnect from technology in order to empty our minds. The constant use of technology and social media by people over the past decade has contributed to the popularity of a phenomenon known as the constant checker. This continuous connection has unfortunately been linked to higher levels of stress.
In addition to its physical benefits, massage has numerous mental benefits as well. In a distraction-free environment, around an hour will be devoted to taking a break, unwinding, and joining one’s body in harmony. In addition to being a good way to switch off your phone, computer, and iPad, massage is also great for your mental health.
Our well-being is based on the human touch. From physical development to emotional and mental wellbeing, human touch releases oxytocin, a love hormone that can increase sociability, stability, and trust. Furthermore, massage increases blood flow, lowers metabolism, and relieves muscle tension, all of which can improve sleep quality.
Three popular types of massage and their purpose.
There is no such thing as the perfect massage, as there is no such thing as the right amount of pressure. Because of this, medical spas have developed a variety of forms of treatment to address a variety of needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Sports injuries and musculoskeletal strains are some of the conditions that can be treated with deep tissue massages. Deep tissue massages target the deeper layers of your muscles and connective tissues with the same gliding strokes and pressure they use in Swedish massage. In order to achieve the goal of deep tissue massage, more intense pressure is needed. You can still expect a relaxing, comfortable, and enjoyable experience with your massage therapist. It is important for you to be sufficiently warmed up before the massage session begins.
The use of therapeutic essential oils during an aromatherapy massage relaxes your body, mind, and spirit. Aromatherapy massage releases tension in your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs by using specially scented lotion and essential oils. To enhance the overall experience, we will also diffuse an essential oil of your choice throughout the entire massage room. Each oil has a different scent that can produce a different feeling in the body, such as lavender, rose, and peach. Lavender, for example, has a relaxing effect while citrus has an energizing effect. Every single essential oil we use comes from flowers, herbs, or fruits, and is 100% natural.
Swedish massages – or “classic” massages – are perfect for beginners. You can experience the benefits of Swedish massage by having your massage therapist rub the muscles with long, gliding strokes which will ease tension in your neck, shoulders, and lower back. The Swedish massage increases blood circulation and oxygen flow throughout the body. Usually, your massage therapist will work on both sides of your body, but at some point, you will have to flip over so that both sides are worked on. If you don’t feel comfortable undressing, you will always be covered by a sheet.
Through the use of therapeutic touch and hands-on healing, we offer a number of massage services and add-on treatments that will help to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Pamper yourself at one of the best retreats in Canada by choosing us to serve you.