According to James Lake of Psychology Today online, massage is widely used in all cultures to evoke feelings of deep relaxation and reduced anxiety. The anxiety-reducing and mood-enhancing benefits of massage are probably related to changes in EEG activity, decreased levels of cortisol, and increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts automatically to calm the body and brain during stress. Hot Stone Massage is a form of body work that involves the application of heated stones to the body within the context of a therapeutic massage. Round, smooth stones are heated to a luxurious temperature, oiled and used in the palm of the hands to massage the body. Heat penetrates deeply, prompting profound relaxation, and relief of long-standing muscular tension, stress and fatigue. Prenatal massage is fantastic at relieving the common aches and pains of pregnancy. The extra weight at the front of the body often cause low back pain. Side-lying positions keep baby in a neutral state. The calming of mom's nervous system generally transfer to the baby and help in the overall calming and soothing effect.
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