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Massage can be both relaxing and invigorating, relieving tired, knotted and tight muscles. Regular body massages can have an enhancing effect on your health in general and your vitality, strengthening and toning the entire body, helping to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension.

 

Massage helps remove toxins and improves the circulation of blood and lymph around the body for rapid cell renewal, boosting the immune system and improving the elasticity, texture and general tone of the skin.

 

Massaging the body also relaxes the mind, helping the body let go of all the pressures of everyday life, promoting general well being and self-esteem.

 

 

Effects of Massage on:

 

Skeletal System

 

  • Massage can help increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue and helping to release restrictions in the facia
  • It helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation. As a result it can help to restore range of motion to stiff joints
  • Massage improves muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints

 

Muscular System

 

  • Massage relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue
  • It increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation
  • It increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness

 

Lymphatic System

 

  • Reduce oedema (excess fluid in the tissue) by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system
  • Regular massage may help to strengthen the immune system, due to increase in white blood cells

 

Nervous System

 

  • Massage stimulates sensory receptors: this can either stimulate or soothe nerves depending on the techniques used
  • It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress
  • Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood)

 

The Skin

 

  • Improved circulation to the skin, increased nutrition to the cells and encouraging cell regeneration
  • Increased production of sweat from the sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin
  • Vaso-dilation of the surface capillaries helping to improve the skin's colour
  • Improved elasticity of the skin
  • Increased sebum production, helping to improve the skin's suppleness and resistance to infection

Respiratory System

  • Massage deepens respiration and improves lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles
  • It also slows down the rate of respiration due to the reduced stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system

 

Digestive System

 

  • Increase peristalsis in the large intestine, helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas
  • Promotes the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion

 

Physiological Effects

 

  • Reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body
  • Create a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem
  • Promote positive body awareness and an improved body image through relaxation
  • Ease emotional trauma through relaxation