Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness 10 Minutes Of Simple Massage At Home To Rejuvenate Mind And Body

10 Minutes Of Simple Massage At Home To Rejuvenate Mind And Body

Had a hectic week? Just 10 minutes of massage will relax you

If you have had a tiring week, just 10 minutes of simple massage at home can do wonders to rejuvenate your mind and body, suggests a new research.

All you need to do is find someone to do that for you.

Even ten minutes of simple rest increases relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage, showed the research published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter for more updates. 

This study indicates that massage is an easy-to-apply intervention that can boost the body’s principal engine for relaxation – the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) – and also lead to a reduction in perceived mental stress.

The discovery that massage is effective on the level of both psychology and physiology via the PNS may pave the way for future studies on understanding the role of relaxation on stress.

Massage
There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin, with 3,000 in a finger tip alone. It has been said that massage is one of the oldest and simplest forms of healthcare. Unsplash

“We are very encouraged by the findings that short periods of dis-engagement are enough to relax not just the mind but also the body,” said study first author Maria Meier from the University of Konstanz in Germany.

“You don’t need a professional treatment in order to relax. Having somebody gently stroke your shoulders, or even just resting your head on the table for ten minutes, is an effective way to boost your body’s physiological engine of relaxation.”

Stress is known to have negative consequences for health and disease.

However, our bodies have an inbuilt regenerative system, the PNS, to ward off stress during times of threat. Launching a relaxation response is thus key to protecting our health and restoring balance in our body.

Massage has been used to improve relaxation, yet no systematic approach exists to robustly confirm its effect on the PNS and whether or not this could be used as rehabilitation for patients suffering from stress-related disease.

For the current study, the researchers developed a standardised approach for testing if tactile stimulation could improve mental and physical relaxation.

They applied two different ten-minute massages on human subjects in the laboratory to test.

A head-and-neck massage was designed to actively stimulate the PNS by applying moderate pressure on the vagus nerve, which is the largest nerve running to the PNS.

Then a neck-and-shoulder massage with soft stroking movements was designed to examine whether just touch can also be relaxing.

Finally, a control group of participants sitting quietly at a table was tested for the effect of rest without tactile stimulation.

Physiological relaxation was gauged by monitoring the heart rate of participants and measuring heart rate variability (HRV), which indicates how flexibly the PNS can respond to changes in the environment.

The higher the heart rate variability, the more relaxed is the body. Psychological relaxation was gauged by asking participants to describe how relaxed or stressed they feel.

Also Read: Top 10 Shows to Watch on Netflix

Ten minutes of resting or receiving either massage resulted in psychological and physiological reduction in stress, said the study.

The physiological effect was more pronounced when participants received a massage, it added.

It was, however, not important whether the massage was soft or moderate — tactile contact in general seemed to improve the relaxation of the body. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,782FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Maa Durga And Cosmic Divinity

By Salil Gewali October is here, and we, with the feeling of enthusiasm, are set to celebrate Durga Puja. For many of us, Durga Puja...

Air Pollution Causes Food Delivery Leading to Plastic Waste

When the air quality outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food than go out for lunch, which in turn increases...

Virus Can Reinfect COVID Patients When Antibodies Start Depleting

Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can again get infected by the virus once the antibodies of the viral disease start depleting, the Indian...

International Chef Day a Low-Key Event Due to Pandemic

The International Chef Day is observed on October 20, but this year, the celebrations here were muted as chefs are facing a torrid time...

Coffee Before Breakfast May Increase Diabetes Risk

If you're taking coffee before breakfast, read this carefully. Researchers have found that drinking coffee first thing can have a negative effect on blood...

India’s Nutrition Experts on Supporting Public Health Delivery

Indias public health and nutrition efforts are differentiated by an enterprising early start going as far back as 1975 with the beginning of Anganwadi...

‘Fashion Reboot’- A Collection Focusing Gen Z

The final day of the digital edition of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2021 on Sunday opened a film presentation that showcased a...

Disorder in Sleep Cycle Due to Excessive Use of Cellphones

Cell phones have become integral to function for nearly everyone. While it has brought a lot of tasks to our fingertips, cell phones also...

Recent Comments