Different people have their own ways of relaxing, but one effective method you should try is meditation.

Massage is a great way to relax and relieve any stress or tension that you’re experiencing. You want to keep that post-massage feeling going forever, but chances are you can’t get a professional massage every day. So, how can you stay relaxed in between your appointments?

Read on for more about the benefits of meditation and how to get started.

Reduce stress

Many studies have found regular meditation practice to be effective at tackling stress. Meditation can train your mind to be more restful and gives you a good way to manage your emotions when you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious. This can also have a positive effect on symptoms of anxiety such as OCD behaviors.

Improve mood

Meditation can literally make you happier, teaching you how to show more compassion to yourself and others, more gratitude, and generally giving you a more positive outlook on life. As a result, meditation can be effective at reducing or managing feelings and symptoms of depression in patients.

Increase focus

Meditation is all about staying mindful and training your mind to focus on something without getting distracted by other thoughts and emotions. So, it makes sense that you would carry this ability into your everyday life, including work. Meditation could help to improve your productivity at work or school.

Improve sleep patterns

The relaxing effects of meditation along with its ability to reduce stress and anxiety can also help people with difficulty falling or staying asleep at night. Many factors can lead to insomnia and other sleep disorders. If you find yourself unable to fall asleep because your mind is racing with multiple trains of thought, then meditation practice can help you move your focus away from these thoughts, making it easier to drift off to sleep.

Pain management

Your brain is a powerful tool, and training it through meditation can even help to reduce or manage feelings of pain. Our brains control how we perceive pain, and people who regularly meditate have been found to have a lower sensitivity to pain and a greater ability to control the pain response. This can even help people who suffer from chronic pain.

Meditation and massage complement each other brilliantly, so book your next massage appointment with Moonstone Massage and get into the habit of meditating extend that zen, relaxed feeling.