Benefits of Massage

The Benefits of Massage

The Muscular System

  • Relieves soreness, tension, and stiffness
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion of joints
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to muscles and joints, accelerating recovery from fatigue and injury
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Breaks down or prevents adhesions (knots)
  • Speeds recovery from exercise
  • Enhances freedom of movement
  • Prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain and swelling

 

 

The Skeletal System

  • Improves posture/body alignment
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores range of motion (increasing joint movement)
  • Releases joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releases restrictions in the fascia (connected tissues)
  • Improves the circulation and nutrients of your joints

 

 

The Integumentary System

  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, wounds, and wrinkles
  • Helps to normalize glandular functions
  • Improve elasticity of skin
  • Stimulates blood flow to nourish the skin

 

 

The Circulatory System

  • Increases blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve much muscular and joint pain (especially associated with swelling)
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues), improving and relieving congestion throughout the body
  • Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces heart rate (helps develop a stronger heart)
  • Elimination of metabolic waste

 

 

The Lymphatic System

  • Cleanse the body of wastes and toxic debris in the body
  • Increases the circulation of lymph
  • Stimulates the immune system (strengthens resistance to disease)
  • Reduces edema of the extremities (arms and legs)
  • Removal of lactic acid from fatigued and sore muscles (allows for a quick recovery)
  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes of protein metabolism
  • Increases retention of nitrogen phosphorus, and sulfur to aid in bone repair
  • Speeds recovery from illness


The Respiratory System

  • Develops respiratory muscles
  • Regulates respiration
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

 

 

The Nervous System

  • Stimulates Nervous System = boosting energy
  • Calms the Nervous System = relaxing
    -- Massage may have a sedative, stimulating or an exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of massage treatment given
  • Relieves restlessness and insomnia
  • Relieves pain due to pinched nerves
  • Decreases chronic pain
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins (the body's natural painkiller)

 

 

The Endocrine System

  • Helps the body to restore and heal itself
  • Develops of a restful sleep pattern
  • Promotes appropriate levels of hormones (bringing the immune system back in balance)

 

 

The Digestive System

  • Relieves constipation (specifically if a abdominal massage is given)
  • Relaxes the abdominal and intestinal muscles (therefore releasing tension in this area)
  • Eliminates waste materials
  • Stimulates activity of liver and kidneys

 

 

The Urinary System

  • Elimination of metabolic waste
  • Cleanses the body of wastes and toxic debris in the body
  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes of protein metabolism

 

 

The Reproductive System

  • Reduces depression and anxiety associated with PMS
  • Reduces excess fluid retention
  • Helps prepare for the birthing process

 

This list is just the beginning to how the benefits of massage can help you.  The ever expanding research continues to grow.