Breathing Mindfully During Your Massage
Do you struggle to switch off and relax due to stress? Mindful breathing is on the rise, and it serves an abundance of health benefits for the mind and body. If you’re looking for a new way to promote a sense of calm and tranquility, this meditative technique will prepare you for an (even deeper) sense of relaxation during your next massage treatment.
Breathing mindfully during therapy enables you to be focused, present and in-the-moment during your session. Rather than have thousands of thoughts rushing through your head, mindful breathing helps you focus on one thing, and one thing only – breathing! What’s more? The technique is known to assist with anxiety or discomfort related to certain treatments such as deep massages, which really dig deep into your muscles.
Ready to make the most out of your treatment? Read on to discover how you can breathe mindfully during your next massage.
How do you breathe mindfully?
The core focus of mindful breathing is to focus on every single breath while you meditate, concentrating on the rhythm in your body as you inhale and exhale. With your treatment, this type of breathing will anchor you at the moment and relieve feelings of stress and anxiety.
So, what are some benefits of mindful breathing?
Improved Pain Tolerance
Treatment types such as deep tissue massages can involve some degree of tension and discomfort, to ensure maximum results and recovery for muscle knots. Meditating through mindful breathing during massages enables you to focus on your breath, withstand tougher forms of treatments, especially if you are visiting due to an injury. After you’ve mastered mindful breathing, you’ll ultimately improve your ability to handle different levels of pain.
Focusing on your breath prevents your brain from getting caught up with thoughts, bringing you a wonderful sense of calm, as opposed to anxiety. Plus, as you enter a deep state of relaxation, your heart rate begins to slow, your blood pressure goes down, stress hormones decrease, and the muscles will feel seriously relaxed.
With meditative breathing, your mind will quieten and allow your body to follow suit and relax. Your muscles will loosen and help you settle for a more effective massage. Want to take it one step further? Meditating before a massage therapy treatment can be just as effective as stretching!
Being mindful of your breathing during your massage session helps focus your attention on the sensations and how your body feels during treatment, creating a heightened sense of bodily awareness. By understanding your body, you’ll recognize your sore areas much easier and allow yourself to relax enough to get your problem areas soothed with ease.
Less Treatment Anxiety
As you divert your concentration on breathing, you won’t need to worry about how you’re acting during a massage. Massages can be a very intimate experience, which can be a daunting task for introverts and patients with anxiety. Rest assured that meditating before your session can be a fantastic coping strategy if you feel anxious easily – enabling you to focus on the sensations rather than worrying about small talk or falling asleep!
Whether it’s your first massage or your fifth, learning how to breathe mindfully can allow you to have a much more effective massage therapy treatment. At EM Wellness, we offer a range of packages and massage treatments – why not head over to our site to book yours today?
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