“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha
We harp on a lot about Willow being a body management centre. So I thought I would give you a little insight to what body management is, and how we achieve this.
Body management is an important part of life. More often we will get our car services quicker than we get our body looked at. After a while the small tensions in our body can grow to create bigger problems.
An example of this is our knee. Crossing your legs over time can tighten the muscles on the inside of your legs. (Your abductor muscles) This can pull your knee in the wrong direction ever so slightly. Over time this misalignment will put pressure on the wrong part of your knee, grinding down cartilage, creating poor balance, back pain and knee pain.
Calibrate your body with an effective massage treatment, to stretch, straighten and realign yourself. It is a great tool for prevention of aches and pains. You don’t need to wait until you are in pain to get a treatment.
We have always suggested that you book a period of time with your massage therapist and allow them to do some work on your body. This way they can assess where tensions are in your body you may not have been aware of.
Managing your stress levels is just as important as managing your body as they come as a package deal.
But have you ever wondered why massage therapy is so relaxing?
Our nervous system is split into two sections. The sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. Essentially this is your fight or flight response and the off swtich for that.
The fight or flight puts our body into a state that means it is ready to run or tackle the problem. For this you body needs to have higher blood pressure. The blood goes to your extremities and brain etc. To get the blood volume for this the body takes it from the digestive system, giving you that butterflies in your stomach feeling.
To switch it off your massage therapist will need to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. This is located in the spine, making it one of the reasons that a back massage is so relaxing.
Have you ever noticed when someone is being sick or upset we instinctively rub their back? Repetitive simple actions are very good at switching off the sympathetic nervous system and encouraging relaxation.
We combine our treatments with a range of body work, body balancing and relaxation work to ensure you get the best outcome you can. Speak to your therapist and organise the most effective treatment for you!