|Posted on 22 January, 2019 at 10:35|
Massage therapy is one of the oldest and simplest therapeutic forms. It involves stroking, pressing, and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain. At its best, massage has the potential to restore an individual physically, mentally, and spiritually.
These are some of known health benefits of Massage Therapy:
• Improves blood circulation, thus allowing increased oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to treated areas including areas that have been injured or have experienced overexertion.
• Helps to lower blood pressure.
• Aids in detoxification by propelling toxic waste products through the lymphatic system.
• Relieves stress and promote sense of well being.
• Relaxes injured muscles, reducing cramps, and muscle spasms
• Stimulates the release of the bodies’ natural endorphins which may aid in pain control.
• Provides increased exercise stretching for atrophied muscles.
In fact, increasing evidence show that massage therapy helps to bolster the immune system of a person. Some studies show of cellular changes in immune function following massage therapy, including the new research on healthy women that indicates increases in disease-fighting white blood cells and natural killer-cell activity.
Massage therapy also stimulates blood circulation and improves the lymphatic system (runs parallel to the circulatory system); lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating the waste material from the body. Massage therapy also calms the nervous system, reduces fatigue, and replenishes energy of an individual.
A good massage not only stimulates and relaxes the body but also tones it by acting on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Massage largely affects muscles that are just beneath the skin. However, if done regularly under proper conditions and in the right manner, its benefits extend to the deeper layers of muscles and even the organs. Thus, it strengthens the entire body and reduces its vulnerability to strains and injuries that occur because of excessive tension and structural weakness of the body.
- Shane Rideout, RMT