Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues and joints of the body. It affects all the systems of the body - in particular, the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic (immune) and nervous systems.The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules.
Massage has many physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist's hands moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.
The psychological benefits shouldn't be ignored, either. Stress-related illnesses are bad for our body. Our emotional state impacts on our physical health, so an improvement in the psychological aspect, through massage, can improve the physical aspect.
Benefits of Massage
- Alleviate back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins - the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve headache pain.