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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.
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, you may experience these 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
What Is the Parasympathetic Nervous System?
The body's sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) balance each other. The SNS is activated for "fight or flight." The PNS is the primary conductor of "rest and digest" activities. We're designed to spend the majority of our time in "rest and digest," but our hectic, stress-filled lives, keep our sympathetic system in a heightened state. In order to recover from chronic stress, we need to use techniques that help reduce the dominance of the sympathetic system and activate the parasympathetic system.
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.