Living in a busy, demanding, ‘always-on’ urban environment can cause your nervous system to be in a constant state of high awareness. It’s as if living in the city is a constant mini-emergency. While this may mean you are always ready for action, it can cause havoc for the balance of your physiological state and cause chronic stress levels to rise. This happens because your sympathetic nervous system is often engaged and active, meaning your parasympathetic nervous system – the one responsible for peace and tranquillity of the mind - remains underactive more often than it should be.
Proactively stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system through massage can help restore the right balance and strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system. With the parasympathetic nervous system functioning better, we find it easier to feel relaxed and calm, which in turn helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Allocating time on a regular basis to receive an hour or two of pure massage therapy, doing breathing exercises to reduce the risk of burnout and practicing mindfulness can all help stimulate your parasympathetic nerves and restore a better balance between your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
When you receive a high quality relaxation massage treatment your parasympathetic nervous system is awakened. This can cause the release of various feel-good and anti-stress hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Your body and mind shift towards a more relaxed state.