Benefits of Massages
Soft tissue manipulation is one of the oldest and most popular alternative treatment for chronic conditions such as back pain, muscular tension and stress. It has many physiological and psychological benefits. The variety of strokes and techniques will relax the central nervous system, lengthen the muscles, relieve tightness, spasms, pain and restrictions; increases range of motion, flexibility, posture and balance.
By stimulating the parasympathetic response, massage increases mental alertness and can also improve communication skills, academic performance and even social behavior in patients with ADHD and autism.
Massage provides a wide range of other important health benefits not well known. By positively affecting various systems in the body, it can dramatically improve general health as well as the person's overall sense of well-being.
Improves digestive function
Massage relieves constipation and intestinal gas by stimulating peristalsis of the colon. It results in a state of relaxation which promotes healthy digestion. Stress can effect the digestive system when the stomach is unable to secrete enough gastric enzymes to properly break down the food. The absorption of nutrients will be compromised, and the undigested food will putrefies in the GI tract, releasing harmful gases and toxins.
Healing effect on the skin
Massaging the skin increases sebum secretion and brings
extra blood flow to the surface, improving oxygenation, nutrient
supply, skin tone and texture. It is highly therapeutic for dry
skin conditions such as ichthyosis.
Reduces the appearance of cellulite
As we gain weight the fat cells expand. Due to the lack of flexibility of the connective tissue, it causes uneven separation of the fat globules under the skin. Cellulite appears as a group of small dimples below the skin's surface, a.k.a. the orange peel look. Manual manipulation displace fat globules, flattens out the tissue and improves the shape and appearance of cellulite.
Helps with weight loss
Massage also stimulates metabolism, promotes healthy lymphatic circulation, reduces fluid retention, edema and consequently body weight. Decreasing stress level and depression also improves one's quality of life. Studies show that receiving massages on a regular basis will encourage a person to follow a healthier lifestyle. Individuals exercise more, increase water intake, stay away from comfort food, and avoid "emotional eating".
Improves the function of circulatory system
Massage increases blood circulation which promotes the efficient transport of nutrients and oxygen to the cells, as well as rapid removal of metabolic waste. It dilates the blood vessels, thus lowers blood pressure. It increases the number of platelets, as well as red and white blood cells, therefore it strengthens the immune system and it is highly beneficial for anemia.
Promotes the healing of bone fractures
The body forms a network of new blood vessels around the injured site. Increasing blood circulation in the area speeds up the deposit of new bone cells, thus promoting faster healing.
Improves respiratory system
Increased relaxation reduces the rate of respiration, decreases the sensation of dyspnea thus reduces the number of asthma attacks.
Helps to improve the clarity of our voice
Massage relaxes the muscles of the throat and helps to reduce laryngeal tension that may occur from singing or public speaking. Through relaxation it eases emotional expression and thus increases both focus and self-esteem for optimum performance.