In our hectic often sensory overloaded daily lives, our nervous systems
become over stimulated and stress levels tend to get very high. Stress is the generic term for activation of the ‘flight –fight’ part of our nervous system that prepares us for action or physical escape.
When stress and strong emotions occur, the sympathetic nervous system comes into operation causing an increase in blood pressure and adrenal output, and blood is shunted away from the digestive system to the ‘doing’ muscles.
Continual reaction to stressors causes the body to remain in sympathetic over drive, which in the long term may result in various stress related or psycho-somatic disorders, such as high blood pressure, digestive problems, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
How To Counter-Act Stress
To reduce anxiety and return the body to its resting state, where digestion and the restorative processes of the body can occur, the nervous system needs to be balanced. This means that the sympathetic nervous system needs to be switched off, and the parasympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system allowed to switch on.
How Does Massage Help?
Massage provides the perfect antidote to stress, as it soothes away muscular tension, restores blood and lymph flow, and in the process calms and balances the nervous system; reducing sympathetic overdrive.
Madeleine uses a combination of massage, acupressure and cranio-sacral techniques; massage to relax the muscles, promote lymphatic drainage and aid venous return; acupressure which balances energy flow and calms the nervous system; and cranio-sacral to overall balance the bodily systems.