Massage has so many benefits to the body's various systems. Some of the most profound benefits are:
• Massage feels good, it is pleasurable.
• Increases body awareness.
• Reduces stress.
• Calms the nervous system and has a centering effect.
• Relaxes and clears the mind.
• Relieves tension-related headaches.
• Helps to improve posture.
• Massage helps to fulfill the need for a caring and nurturing touch.
• Promotes self-esteem and a feeling of well-being.
• Reduces levels of anxiety.
• Increases the awareness of the body-mind connection and emotional awareness.
Circulatory System's Benefits:
• Produces a dilation of the blood vessels thereby improving circulation.
• Speeds the elimination of the waste products of metabolism.
• Helps to reduce swelling.
• Increases the number of red blood cells in circulation.
• Massage has the overall effect of lowering blood pressure.
• Facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.
• Reduces the pulse rate.
• Massage can break the cycle of spasm and pain by decreasing both.
Musculoskeletal Systems' Benefits:
• Increases the blood supply and nutrition to the muscles.
• Helps muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.
• Relaxes muscles, reducing spasm, tension and cramping.
• Reduces adhesions and fibrosis.
• Improves circulation and nutrition of the joints
• Helps to reestablish proper tone in muscles.
• Reduces joint strain and compression through releasing tight muscles
• Increases ease and efficiency of movement.
• Massage can stimulate muscle contraction.
Nervous System's Benefits:
• Stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying tissue.
• Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of treatment given.
• Known to affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphin secretion.
•Reduce nerve entrapment through the release of soft tissue or muscular binding.
• Reduce nerve root compression caused by muscular tension.
Lymphatic System's Benefits:
• Increases tissue fluid and lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system.
• Increases venous and lymphatic flow.
• Reduces swelling by enhancing lymphatic circulation.
Excretory System's Benefits:
• 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.
• Helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve its nutrition.
Respiratory System's Benefits:
• 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 be used to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements.
Digestive System's Benefits:
• Stimulates peristalsis and can reduce cramping or spasm in the digestive tract.
• Supports healthy digestion through its stress releasing effects.
East Hill Therapeutic Massage
Judy Visser, LMP #MA60173733
Kent, WA 98030