Benefits of Massage
Massage reduces the Effects of Stress
Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, and physical and emotional exhaustion.
Massage therapy has an amazing effect on your body’s nervous system. When massage therapy activates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, it counteracts your body’s negative response to stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation to return to normal.
Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and your unconsciously held tension As you become more aware of your body, you will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that you can consciously release it before it can have a negative effect on your body.
Massage Increases Blood Circulation
Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle can not hold much fluid, nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it. This decreases our circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on our heart. Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy reserves.
Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ. This increase in circulation brings energy producing nutrients and oxygen to your cells as well as carries away metabolic waste products that can make you feel listless and drained.
In addition, massage therapy increases your body’s oxygen-carrying red blood cell count, helping to bring even more oxygen to our body’s cells.
Massage Strengthens the Immune System
The lymphatic system is a major factor in your body’s battle to ward off infection and heal injuries. The lymphatic flow is usually very sluggish in most people; especially so in those that have less active lifestyles.
Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and its vital nutrients, but also increases the circulation of lymph in our lymphatic system this helping your body to fight off infection and speeding your recovery from injuries and illness.
Other Benefits Include
- Reduce Anxiety
- Reduce digestive disorders
- Help Fibromyalgia
- Reduce insomnia related to stress
- Reduce Chronic Pain
- Ease paresthesias and nerve pain
- Help soft tissue strains or injuries
- Help sports injuries
- Ease temporomandibular joint pain
- Improve skin tone