The quick basics: Massage is great for general health and wellbeing. It has been known to improve mood, reduces stress, ease pain, improve mobility, increase flexibility, prevent injury, reduce healing time, and normalize many body functions.
Basically it just feels good.
General benefits of massage therapy:
- Massage feels good and it is a pleasurable experience.
- Massage increases your body self awareness and sensitivity.
- Massage reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels.
- Massage calms the nervous system and has a centering/balancing effect.
- Massage relaxes, focuses and clears your mind.
- Massage helps to improve and maintain your posture.
- Massage helps to fulfill your need for a caring and nurturing touch.
- Massage encourages self-esteem and a general feeling of well-being.
- Massage increased your awareness of the whole being connection and improves your emotional awareness.
- Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to your muscles.
- Massage helps your muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.
- Massage relaxes your muscles, effectively reducing spasms, tension and cramping.
- Massage reduces and breaks down adhesions (knots) and fibrosis.
- Massage treats trigger points (knots)
- Massage stretches your connective tissue.
- Massage helps to re-establish your proper muscular tone.
- Massage reduces your muscle and soft tissue pain.
- Massage supports increased work capacity and encourages your metabolism.
- Massage helps to prevent muscular atrophy (wasting from injury and paralysis).
- Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of the joints and helps increase your range of joint movement.
- Massage reduces joint strain and compression through releasing tight muscles and tendons.
- Massage increases the ease and efficiency of your movements.
- Massage helps to increase the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur in the bones and this aids in fracture healing.
- Massage increases the nutrition of the tissues via an increased exchange of fluids and materials.
- Massage, via the mechanical actions on the soft tissues, produces a dilation of the blood vessels which helps to improve your circulation.
- Massage helps to reduce the lack of blood and by direct pressure and stimulation reduces pain due to the irritation of nerves that control your circulatory system.
- Massage enhances the elimination of the waste products of your metabolism.
- Massage helps to reduce any swelling and contusions.
- Massage increases the number of red blood cells in your circulation.
- Massage has the overall effect of lowering your blood pressure and reduces your pulse rate*.
- Massage facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.
- Massage increases tissue fluid and assists lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system.
- Massage increases both your venous and lymphatic flow
*Its shown to normalize blood pressure so it may raise pressure in individuals with low BP.
- Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of treatment given.
- Massage stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying tissue.
- Massage helps to balance the autonomic nervous system.
- Massage relaxes the muscles and helps to re-establish proper tonus through its effect on the neuromuscular reflex pathways.
- Massage is known to affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphin secretion in particular (natural painkillers).
- Massage can help reduce nerve entrapment through the release of soft tissue or muscular binding.
- Massage can reduce nerve root compression caused by muscular tension.
- Massage aides the normal movement throughout your alimentary canal assisting with many dysfunction’s through its stress releasing effects.
- Massage increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and waste products of protein metabolism, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.
- Massage can facilitate elimination through the large intestines by mechanically stimulating peristalsis and improving tone.
- Massage stimulates peristalsis and can reduce cramping or spasm in the digestive tract.
- Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve its nutrition.
- Massage depending on the medium used to apply it can help to re-moisturize, and soften dry skin.
- Massage can help with some skin conditions like eczema, but please check with your Doctor to make sure that what you have is not contagious.
- Massage may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Massage deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures, both the rib cage and the muscles of respiration.
- Massage can help to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements.
- Massage increases the action of the heart, stimulating the blood flow to and from the lungs, helping with the elimination of waste and the absorption of oxygen.
Chair Massage (On the run or at the office)