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A massage therapist’s trained and caring touch can have profound effects on your physical, mental, and emotional states: 

Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy:

 

 

Physically relaxes the body

 

Calms the nervous system

 

Lowers blood pressure

 

Reduces heart rate

 

Slows respiration

 

Loosens tight muscles

 

Stretches connective tissues

 

Improves skin tone

 

Increases blood and lymph circulation

 

Speeds the removal of metabolic waste

 

Increases red blood cell counts 

 

Relieves tired and aching muscles

 

Stimulates the release of endorphins

 

Improves muscle tone

 

Relieves cramps and muscle spasms

 

Increases flexibility and range of motion

 

Promotes deeper more effective breathing

 

Speeds recovery from injuries and illness

 

Strengthens the immune system

 

Reduces swelling

 

Reduces scarring

 

Improves posture

 

Reduces tension headaches

 

Increases tissue metabolism

 

Decreases muscular deterioration

 

 

 

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:

 

 

Reduces mental stress

 

                                   Promotes better sleep

 

Calms a bad temper

 

                                   Induces mental relaxation

 

Improves concentration

 

 

 

Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy:

 

 

Reduces anxiety

 

Enhances self-image

 

Provides a feeling of well-being

 

Promotes greater creative expression

 

 

Massage Reduces The Effects of Stress 

Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, as well as physical and emotional exhaustion.

Massage therapy has an amazing effect on your body’s nervous system.  When massage therapy activates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, it counteracts your body’s negative response to stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood pressure and circulation to return to normal. 

Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and your unconsciously held tension.  As you become more aware of your body, you will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that you can consciously release it before it can have a negative effect on your body.

Massage Relaxes Tense Muscles 

Muscles can become tight and ineffective for many reasons.  Stress, injury, poor circulation, overuse, and misuse, can all cause you pain and discomfort as well as restrict your normal range of motion.  When left unattended, these conditions can become habitual and hamper the quality of your everyday life. 

Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscles, and connective tissue, breaking down and preventing further formation of adhesions, freeing your range of motion and reducing the dangers of fibrosis.

 

Massage Increases Blood Circulation 

Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle cannot hold much fluid nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it.  This decreases the circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on the heart.  Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy reserves. 

Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ.  This increase in circulation brings energy-producing nutrients and oxygen to the cells as well as carries away metabolic waste products that can make you feel listless and drained. 

In addition, massage therapy increases the body’s oxygen carrying red blood cell count helping to bring even more oxygen to the body’s cells.

 

Massage Decreases Chronic Pain 

Far too many of us face our daily lives with chronic pain due to injuries or illness. 

Not only does massage therapy help to correct the conditions that cause chronic pain, but it also decreases chronic pain two other ways. 

The first is by the trained touch of a massage therapist activating nerve receptor signals along myelinated nerve fibers to temporarily block chronic pain signals from reaching the brain.  The second is by the stimulated release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) into the brain and nervous system to reduce your feelings of pain and discomfort without the use of unnatural drugs.

 

Massage Strengthens The Immune System 

The lymphatic system is a major factor in the body’s battle to ward off infection and heal injuries.  The lymphatic flow is usually very sluggish in most people and especially so in those that have less active lifestyles. 

 

Massage Can Improve Nerve Function 

Contracted muscles can press on or pinch your nerves causing tingling, numbness, or pain. 

Massage therapy relaxes these contracted muscles to relieve the compression on the nerves.  The sensory receptors in the skin and muscles “wake up” bringing new awareness to areas that have felt “cut off” by chronic tension patterns. 

 

Massage Helps You Sleep Better 

Tension caused by everyday stress can emotionally drain you, robbing you of the patience and stamina you need just to cope with day-to-day life as well as disrupting your sleep leaving you tired and irritable. 

Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system, causing the body’s rhythm to slow down.  As the body slows down, the blood pressure lowers, the heart rate settles, and the breath becomes deeper and more rhythmic, priming you for a perfect night’s sleep.

Massage Improves Skin Tone 

The sun, smog, poor diet, and the unstoppable aging process all contribute to the drying, wrinkling, and the general loss of the youthful characteristics of your skin. 

Massage therapy dilates the blood capillaries of the skin increasing the uptake of vital skin repairing nutrients and speeding the removal of harmful toxins.  This improved circulation helps to moisturize your skin improving skin texture and relieving dryness and itching.

 

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