Benefits of Massage Therapy


Massage therapy offers numerous benefits, not only the muscular system but all systems.

 

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Effects on the Muscular System

  • Massage increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. This reduces muscle fatigue and tension.
  • Relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue.
  • Relieves back and shoulder related pain.
  • Promotes rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle.
  • Increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation.
  • Improves Metabolism.
  • Lower the blood pressure.

 

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Effects on the Lymphatic System

  • Helps to 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 the increase in white blood cells.

 

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Effects on the Respiratory System

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing.
  • Massage deepens respiration and improves lung capacity by relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles.
  • Slows down the rate of respiration due to the reduced stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Promotes quality sleep.

 

 

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Effects on the Nervous System

  • Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress.
  • Release of Endorphins – Amino acid that work as the body’s natural painkiller, also known as ” Happy Hormone”.
  • Alleviates headaches.

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Effects on 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.

 

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Effect on the Digestive System

  • Massage can help to increase peristalsis in the large intestine, helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas.
  • Promote the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion.

 

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The Psychological Effects

  • Encourages relaxation.
  • Alleviates¬† stress , both mind and body.
  • Alleviates anxiety and depression.
  • Allows for better handling of pressure.
  • Create a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem.
  • Enhances calm and creative thinking.