Physical Benefits of Massage

Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support.

Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.

1) Massage dilates (opens up) blood vessels, improving circulation and relieving congestion.

2) Massage increases the number of red blood cells, especially useful in cases of anemia.

3) Massage acts as a ‘mechanical cleanser’ pushing along lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris.

4) Massage improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.

5) Massage can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who, because of injury, illness or age, are forced to remain inactive. In these cases, massage helps return venous blood to the heart, and so eases the strain on this vital organ.

6) Massage improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues. It is accompanied or followed by an increased interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells, heightening tissue metabolism.

7) Massage increases excretion via the kidneys of fluids and nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus and salt in normal individuals.

8) Massage encourages the retention of chemical compounds necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from bone fractures.

9) Massage stretches connective tissue, improves its circulation and nutrition and so breaks down or prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibroses.

10) Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles.

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