You might think that having a massage is all about relaxing the muscles but in fact the entire experience runs a lot deeper than just an hours worth of pampering. Having a regular massage creates a domino effect on all the other systems of the body, resulting in a host of benefits you might not be aware of…
The Skeletal System
By improving muscle tone and balance; reducing thickening and releasing restrictions in the facia (connective tissue), loosening adhesions, breaking down scar tissue and decreasing inflammation, a regular massage can help reduce the physical stress placed on bones and joints.
The Muscular System
As well as relieving muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue, having a regular massage brings more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle thereby reducing muscle fatigue and soreness as well as promoting rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the body.
The Cardiovascular System
By mechanically assisting the venous flow of blood back to the heart and dilating blood vessels thus helping them to work more efficiently, a regular massage helps to boost blood flow allowing for a more efficient delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
The Lymphatic System
By increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system, regular massage can help reduce oedema (swelling caused by excess fluid in the tissue); it is also thought that by stimulating the production of lymphocytes (antibodies) a regular massage may help to strengthen the immune system.
The Nervous System
Massage stimulates both sensory receptors and the parasympathetic nervous system which can either stimulate or soothe nerves depending on the techniques used, whilst promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety.
The Respiratory System
By relaxing any tightness in the respiratory muscles, regular massage encourages deeper breathing and can improve lung capacity.
The Digestive System
By increasing peristalsis (contraction and relaxation of muscles) in the large intestine, regular massage can help to relieve constipation, colic and gas.
The Urinary System
Due to the increased circulation and lymph drainage from the tissues, massage increases urinary output thus improving the removal of waste products from the body.
Regular massage not only improves elasticity of the skin and circulation which encourages cell regeneration but it also promotes normal oil and sweat gland activity, improving the skin’s role as a protective barrier and in its elimination of waste products.