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WHY SHOULD I INCLUDE MASSAGE AS A REGULAR PART OF MY LIFE?

 

Regular massage is a great comfort to your mind and a benefit to EVERY system in your body: Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous, Respiratory, Immune, Circulatory, Digestive, Reproductive, Endocrine and Integumentary (hair, skin & nails). Following are just some of the ways massage benefits those systems:

 

Muscular System:

  • Relieves muscle tension.

  • Breaks up adhesions and lengthens muscles. Helps to restore proper range of motion, therefore increases flexibility and strength of joints.

  • Helps to speed healing. Dilates blood vessels, restoring the flow of fluids, oxygen and other nutrients to the injured area.

  • Has the ability to decrease pain in many conditions. It can block pain signals that originate within the musculoskeletal system from reaching the brain.

  • Encourages the  movement of metabolic waste products out of the muscles. A build up of these are responsible for the cramping and discomfort felt after activity.

 

Skeletal System:

  • Increases blood circulation which nourishes skeletal cells.

  • Reduces muscular tension that may eventually cause structural problems because tight muscles can pull bones out of alignment.

  • Helps to maintain posture and body balance.

  • Joints are nourished by fluid (synovial fluid), which is moved and circulated by massage.

  • Will prevent and break down adhesions that can form between ligaments and bones.

 

Nervous System:

  • Has a normalizing effect on the Sympathetic (fight or flight impulses) and Parasympathetic (rest and digest) divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System*.

  • Relaxes tissue surrounding the spinal cord which can take the strain off nerves.

  • Releases secretions such as endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.

  • Can either sedate or stimulate the nervous system depending on the techniques used.

  • Relieves restlessness and insomnia.

 

Respiratory System:

  • Normalizes breathing patterns. Relaxation encourages deeper breathing.

  • Releases the tension in the muscles between the ribs allowing for greater chest expansion and deeper breathing so more oxygen is being distributed to all of the body’s cells.

 

Immune System:

  • Promotes the movement of lymph throughout the body thereby strengthening the immune system and eliminating toxic wastes.

  • Aids in reducing edema (swelling).

 

Circulatory System:

  • Helps to reduce heart rate.

  • Aids in reducing the venous fluid back toward the heart.

  • Dilates blood vessels which can decrease blood pressure.

  • Causes contractions of the heart to be more forceful and complete.

  • Has a normalizing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System*, which is beneficial to the heart.

  • Improves general circulation so increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout body.

 

Digestive System:

  • Indirectly stabilizes digestive functions through normalization of the Autonomic Nervous System*.

  • Improves the tone of the large and small intestines. Relaxes the abdominal and intestinal muscles.

  • Encourages peristalsis or movements within the intestins, which can aid in relief of constipation, diarrhea and IBS.

  • By stimulating the small intestines, massage can aid in the absorption of fat.

  • Increases kidney action to remove wastes. 

 

Reproductive System:

  • Reduces the depression and anxiety associated with PMS.

  • Reduces excess fluid retention.

  • Balances the release of reproductive hormones.

 

Endocrine System (glands that produce hormones):

  • Increases general circulation in the endocrine system and thus helps in the transport of hormones.

  • Indirectly aids the immune system as some hormones produce lymphocytes to aid in immunization.

  • Normalizes endocrine activity through a balancing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System*.

  • Promotes a restful sleep pattern.

 

Integumentary System (hair, skin & nails):

  • Aids in the vitality and elasticity of skin. 

  • Encourages the elimination of dead skin cells. 

  • Helps to regenerate tissue including burns, wounds and wrinkles. As well as the breaking up of scar tissue.

  • Sends messages to the brain through sensory receptors in skin to aid in the relaxation of the entire body.

  • Increased blood flow carries nutrients needed to promote hair and nail growth.

*The Autonomic Nervous System governs involuntary movements such as the beating of the heart and digestion.