Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
Benefits of the systems of the body
Circulation -During massage, the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased due to the expansion of the capillaries. This causes a temporary reduction in systolic, and diastolic blood pressure, as well as a slight increase in the heart rate.
Digestive System - One of the primary functions of the digestive system is to remove waste and toxins from the body. However, stress and poor eating habits can prohibit this system from working efficiently, resulting in indigestion, bloating, and constipation. Massage can improve the functions of the digestive system and relieve these symptoms by stimulating peristalsis, the spontaneous massage action of the intestines.
Emotions - The negative emotions we sometimes store inside can lead to tension in the muscles, which can be alleviated through the movements of massage. The counter pressure on the muscles dissipates tension, freeing it to be converted into energy.
Joints - Massage can soothe joint pain caused by injury, inflammation, and every day exertion by promoting increased blood flows to the affected areas.
Lungs - Breathing can be greatly improved through massage of the chest, shoulders, and back. Reducing tensions in these areas can assist in the removal of congestion from the lungs, aiding respiratory conditions.
Lymphatic System - The lymphatic system is a part of the body which helps fight infection. As such, its efficiency of operation plays a vital role in overall health. Through massage, congestion in the lymphatic system may be eased, improving this system's overall effectiveness, and strengthening the body's ability to fight infection.
Muscles - One of the most common reasons for getting a massage is relief of muscle tension. Massage releases built up tension from tight muscles, enabling them to once again work efficiently.
Nervous System - The nervous system assists in the regulation of all other systems of the body. Through massage the nervous system is calmed, allowing better communication with the organs, helping them to operate more effectively.
Skin - During massage, perspiration may be increased, thereby removing additional toxins from the body.
Surveys show that 52% of adult Americans who had a massage received it for medical or health reasons or overall wellness.
More than 51 million American adults (16%) have discussed massage therapy with their doctors.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues such as:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- 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 postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.