If you want a massage for stress reduction, then Swedish massage is just what the doctor ordered for you! Swedish massage utilizes long, slow, relaxing strokes to encourage a relaxed state for the body and mind. As we go about our day there may be several things that trigger a stress response in the body. When your body’s stress response is activated, a cascade of biochemical processes occur, including an increased production of our stress hormone cortisol along with increased muscle tension. Relaxation massage has shown to not only decrease cortisol but also decrease pain. When stress is high and an increased amount of cortisol is produced by the body, we experience a fight or flight response which results in increased muscle tension and pain. Conversely, when we receive massage our cortisol level decreases and we are allowed to regain our rest and recovery phase. It is during our rest and recovery phase that our body as able to heal from the day’s events, past injuries or illnesses.
Our massage therapists specialize in relaxation Swedish massage. We customize every massage session based on the patient’s needs. Cascade Chiropractic & Natural Medicine can offer massage along with adjunctive therapies like Chiropractic and Naturopathic primary care to fulfill all aspects of your wellness program. Ask your Redmond OR chiropractor or naturopathic doctor if Swedish massage is right for you.
Benefits of Relaxation Massage:
- Eliminates pain
- Decreases chronic muscle tension
- Encourages a relaxed state
- Improves mood and stress response
- Decreased cortisol production
- Improves energy and sleep quality