The Benefits of Massage

May 4, 2017

Did you know that virtually every system of the body can be positively affected by massage, either directly or indirectly.  Here's a few benefits that you don't always consider....


Soothes anxiety and depression - Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.


Eases muscle pain - Massage increases and improves circulation.


Improves sleep - soothes the body and mind, promoting relaxation and encourages sleep (also good for those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy).


Boosts immunity - massage has been proven to boost patients white blood count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.


Counteracts all that sitting down - Many individuals are dealing with postural stress - stress that often tends to manifest in the neck and shoulders. (see my blog post on Desk Life! ) More advanced forms of postural stress, show up as pain or weakness in the lower back or gluteals caused by long periods of being seated. Massage can counteract the imbalance caused by sitting, regular massage can help make life in a desk-based position, much more healthy.



Here is a guide to how each part of your body can benefit.



The skeletal system: Bone is affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced. As the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.



The muscular system: Some massage movements relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramp. Massage also makes muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest.



The nervous system: Soothing massage can provide relief from nervous irritability and stress-related conditions such as insomnia and tension headaches. When used energetically to stimulate, massage may relieve lethargy and fatigue.



Circulation system: Massage can improve the flow of blood, which can help poor circulation. This is especially useful for anyone who is immobile.



Lymphatic system: Gentle massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps clear the body of a build-up of waste products. The relaxing effect of the massage can relieve stress, which in turn can boost the immune system.



Respiratory system: As you become more relaxed during a massage, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy. Physiotherapists use cupping movements over the base of the lungs to relieve chest congestion.



Digestive system: Massage aids relaxation and therefore can help to increase the movement of food and waste products through the digestive system. This relaxation can have a balancing effect on the digestive system.



Urinary system: Waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they may be filtered out and eliminated.


If you would like to book in for a treatment or discuss how a massage can help you, please get in touch today.


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Many thanks Craig



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