Massage can stimulate and relax the body and the mind. The skin, blood and lymphatic systems are stimulated, which boosts circulation, aids cellular renewal and removes toxic wastes. As tense muscles relax, stiff joints loosen up and nerves are soothed, an all over feeling of relaxation and well-being comes about.
So what exactly are the massage effects?
The nervous system, Depending on the depth of the massage movement used, the nerve endings can be stimulated or soothed.
The skin, With massage comes an increase in blood circulation. This helps the exfoliation, tones the skin and encourages its renewal process. Massage helps maintain collagen fibres which give skin its elasticity and keeps wrinkles at bay.
Muscles, With an increase in blood flow, the blood’s vital nutrients circulate more efficiently. Massage is popular with sportsman and women because it can improve muscle tone, restore mobility, and ensure the elimination of waste products after exercise. With regular massage, strains and sprains heal more rapidly, while calf cramps and stiff muscles can become a thing of the past. Massage before an exercise session will help loosen and warp up the muscles, or afterwards, it will ease sore limbs.
Circulation and Lymphatic Systems, By dilating the blood vessels, massage increases the blood circulation. A good circulatory system means that the efficient supply of the blood’s oxygen and nutrients reaches the billions of individual cells. At the same time, the increase in blood circulation helps the lymphatic system, which absorbs and eliminates waste substances. Unlike the blood circulation, which has the heart to pump it around, the lymphatic system has no pump of its own and it is dependant on muscular action for its efficiency. Massage is an important means of speeding up the flow of the lymph, encouraging effective filtering. An efficient lymphatic system provides the body with a strong immune system.
Digestion, Massage mobilizes the digestive system so that the process of assimilation and elimination are improved, helping problems like constipation and flatulence. The digestive system is quick to respond to stress and the reduction in anxiety which comes with regular massage has a regulating effect on the digestion.