Massage is renowned for its ability to relieve muscle pain, stretch connective tissues, untie the virtual knots stored in the body; but perhaps the biggest benefit of massage is for the nervous system.

We don’t always think about our nervous systems and the important role they play in overall health and wellness. The nervous system is designed to spend the majority of its time in the ‘relaxation response’.  During relaxation of the nervous system; breathing is normally paced, the brain is calm, the heart is steady.  However, in our ’24 hour news cycle, check our emails before bed, multi-tasking’ world; our nervous systems are on overdrive too many hours every day.  They don’t get the time they need in the ‘relaxation response’ to operate optimally.  And a poorly operating nervous system can cause or contribute to a whole host of health problems from autoimmune diseases to heart disease, from digestive disorders to headaches, and more.  Read more here.

Taking time to actively stimulate the ‘relaxation response’ and activating the parasympathetic nervous system is a critical part of maintaining good health.  One of the best ways to turn on the ‘relaxation response’ is thru massage.  Regular massage, and the benefits of massage that last 3-4 days after each session, can help build strength in your parasympathetic nervous system which will have numerous benefits in your overall health, wellness and enjoyment of life.

Generally speaking, it takes about 30-40 minutes of massage before most clients start to deeply relax.  As massage seekers, we lay down on the table with the worries of the day still present, thinking about the issues we arrived with, wondering if the therapist is going to actually help us.  It takes some time for the mind to calm down. But as the body relaxes, and stays relaxed, we start to activate the ‘relaxation response’ which in turn activates our parasympathetic nervous system.  The longer we can stay in that deep state of relaxation, the better for our overall health.  90 minute massages are better for attaining and maintaining the full benefits of the relaxation response; so don’t skimp on the length of massage you book! And when reviewing the positive benefits you receive from every massage; remember taking good care of your nervous system is an essential part of taking good care of your overall health.

Island Massage Therapy providing world-class therapeutic massage & nourishing facials at the intersection of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, and Tierra Verde, FL. or (727)864-6688