How Thai Massage Helps Your Nervous System

March 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

The nervous system regulates all other systems of the body. Using Thai Massage to calm the nerves indirectly improves the functioning of all your organs.

Our autonomic nervous system, which controls the automatic functions of our body such as our heartbeat and digestion, consists of two types of fibers:

  • The sympathetic nervous system
  • The parasympathetic nervous system

The brain controls these two systems.

The sympathetic nervous system is activated when we face an emergency, shock or trauma. Our body automatically gets into the “fight or flight” mode:

  • Your breathing accelerates to provide more oxygen to the blood
  • Your heart rate and blood pressure increase to carry more blood to the muscles
  • Muscles contract to be able to cope with the action
  • The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline into the bloodstream to strengthen and maintain the activity of the sympathetic nervous system
  • The digestive system slows down, to save energy

Meanwhile the brain also triggers a chemical reaction: stress hormones are secreted, the main one being cortisol, which gives the body more energy.

When stress is eliminated, the brain switches to the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the system involved in the normal functioning of our body systems. When the parasympathetic nervous system is triggered, the sympathetic nervous system begins to rest.

During periods of low stress, you experience the following:

  • Your heart rate and blood pressure go down
  • Your blood pressure stabilizes
  • Your muscles relax
  • You digestion goes back to normal

Your body’s response to stress is originally designed for a short time, or to deal with an external (physical) situation. However, chronic stress (psychological or emotional) is more and more frequent nowadays. Financial problems, long-term illness in the family, or unsatisfactory work can all be causes of chronic stress.

During chronic stress, the brain can no longer trigger the activities of the parasympatic nervous system, and the body’s capacity to return to the state of rest and repair is greatly impaired or stops altogether:

  • Cortisol decreases the functions of the immune system
  • The sympathetic nervous system maintains high heart rate
  • Your blood pressure rises
  • Your muscles remain tense and painful as they are loaded with lactic acid and because of limited fluid circulation
  • Your digestive system is stops working
  • Your immune system can no longer fight infections or illness
  • Your adrenal glands are exhausted
  • Your body becomes more sensitive to cardiovascular disease
  • Your muscles and hormonal glands get tired because of constant stimulation, which can lead to stomach ulcers

So how to relax the nervous system? Can massage help?

When you receive a massage, “touch” messages are sent to your brain. Your brain then decides if the contact is positive. It does so by comparing it to similar experiences from your past.

If the touch is perceived as a positive experience, the parasympatic nervous system is activated and cortisol levels are reduced. The body returns to its state of rest and restoration.

As you receive massage therapy, the following occurs:

  • Breathing and blood circulation slow down
  • Anxiety decreases
  • Your stomach may even gurgle as a sign that your digestive system is functioning normally again

In addition to having an indirect effect on the autonomic nervous and hormonal systems, a Thai Massage also has a direct effect on the body’s systems that have suffered from chronic stress:

  • Blood circulation is stimulated, improving nutrient transport and waste drainage
  • The touch received through massage stimulates and stretches muscle fibers to relax them and relieve aches and pains. A Thai Massage also removes lactic acid and other wastes to leave room for oxygen and nutrients required by the muscles.

After a treatment, you will feel more relaxed, with less tension, and your sleep will be improved. Your body as well as your mind will begin recovering from the effects of the prolonged stress response.

Regular massage treatments can help prevent chronic stress and promote long-term balance.

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What is Thai Yoga massage?

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thai massage is the most famous Asian massage,  more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.

Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.

Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor and no oil is applied, you are usually asked to wear comfortable clothing. Thai massage can be using oil if preferred which is know as Thai Oil Massage.

Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits, relaxes, reduces stress, improve circulation, increases energy, increases flexibility, improves range of motion, centers the mind and body.

There are many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:

• Relaxes Muscles.

• Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion.

• Improves Posture.

• Improves Circulation.

• Relieves Tension-Related Headaches.

• Strengthens The Immune System.

• Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation.

• Improves Rehabilitation After Injury.

• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

• Reduce spasms and cramping.

• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

• Relieves Stress.

• Encourages Relaxation.

• Lowers Blood Pressure.

• Helps Manage Pain.

Massage is not recommended for certain people:

infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds.
immediately after surgery.
immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor.
prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.
pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional tips:

Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
Allow your self 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms and  you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have massage.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.

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