The PAR Method is a massage therapy technique that I developed to promote deep relaxation by affecting the parasympathetic nervous system (PAR stands for Parasympathetic & Adrenal Recovery). When the body is deeply relaxed, the parasympathetic nervous system can engage in healing processes. The adrenal glands, which produce hormones that aid in reacting to stressors like major illness or injury, can be restored and replenished.
This massage technique uses slow, repetitive strokes, applied with moderate pressure. The sequence is often the same or similar from session to session, which allows the brain to relax into the rhythm. The goal is to calm and nurture the nervous system, which in turn releases muscle tension.
What Is the Parasympathetic Nervous System?
The parasympathetic nervous system serves to regulate the functions of our internal organs, such as slowing the heart rate, and increasing intestinal and glandular activity. It's often known as the "rest and digest" arm of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the other arm being the sympathetic nervous system, which gives us our "fight or flight" capabilities.
What Are the Adrenal Glands?
Located at the top of each kidney, adrenal glands produce hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to major stressors like illness and injury, and regulate blood pressure.
How the PAR Method Can Help You
While anyone can benefit from the PAR Method, it's especially recommended for anyone suffering from on-going or acute stress (physical or non-physical), anxiety, or depression.
PAR Method massage therapy is an effective tool for managing stress. When not managed with care, daily stress and unexpected life challenges can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. PAR Method massage therapy can provide relief by creating a calm and nurturing environment in the body to promote its natural healing capabilities.
With the PAR Method, we may enjoy the following benefits:
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved sense of well-being
- Release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers
- Enhanced immunity through lymph flow, the body's defense system