We’re all on the quest for relaxation, and whether you find it through massage therapists in Pleasant Grove, Provo, or anywhere else or through some other method, it just feels good. Relaxation is a state of mind that not many of us feel too often—however frequently we may wish we could feel it.
What gets in the way of our relaxation? It may be work, school, music lessons, soccer practice, making dinner, needing to go to the gym, catching up on laundry, doing the housework, and the list could go on and on. Studies have found that the relaxation technique we’ll talk about today, meditation, not only makes people feel better through relaxing, but it also rebuilds the grey matter in the brain.
The study says: “The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection” (Harvard Gazette, 2011).
What an incredible result of such a simple task. Meditation can actually increase a person’s ability to learn, retain memory, be self aware, have compassion, and perform introspection! I know I could use just a few of those in my life each day, and meditation may help it all!
Obviously meditation is an important relaxation technique that, in my experience, not many people use frequently. Combined with our services here at Paradise Massage Studio— your massage therapy experts in Pleasant Grove — relaxation is just minutes away. We want to outline a few meditation techniques that may help you on your path to being relaxed. US News outlines a few beginner techniques for meditation—and we will summarize a couple of our favorites:
- Sense — focusing on the sensory details of life can prove to be a great meditation tactic. It clears the mind of any and all other details except for what you are sensing. While sitting, focus on the way the air feels as you breathe it through your nose and mouth; while standing or walking, focus on how your legs and feet feel as they move and carry your body.
- Thank — gratitude is a great way to meditate. US News uses this as a method for beginners to practice meditation, and it is a great way to get the mind off of a person’s current situation and place their thoughts into a relaxed, grateful state.
So whatever way you’re looking to relax, remember that meditation and your massage therapists in Pleasant Grove are ready to take you to your state of relaxation!