The benefits of massage

We are a whole system made up of a mind, body and soul. Stress affects all of our body systems. Practices such as exercise, diet, rest, mediation and intake of fluids help the mind and body unwind to reduce stress and tension and to assist our emotional balance.

If one part of the body is not functioning effectively this can affect all other systems in some way, therefore the whole body, made up of independent organs and systems can be in a state of imbalance.  Imbalance could also be caused by injuries or the failure of cells to operate properly.

Today’s fast paced lifestyle and mental activity can put the body under great strain.  Lack of movement and poor posture can shorten muscles and place tension on others.  This can have an affect on internal organs and the body systems such as the digestive, circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory systems.  The body’s first response to a stressful situation is to activate its fight or flight responses, causing the body to pump out adrenalin which is nature’s way of increasing our levels of alertness and ability to respond to danger, whether real or perceived.  This causes psychological changes including increased rate of breathing, accelerated heart rate, sweating and muscle tension.   Adrenalin that does not get utilised remains in the body and can lead to increased levels of anxiety, stress, muscle tension and disturbances.  Eventually the body can reach a state of exhaustion.

Physical benefits of massage include:

  • Blood vessels and capillaries dilate, improving blood flow
  • Increased blood flow assisting circulation of vital nutrients around the body
  • Reduces blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Reduces pain
  • Increases R.O.M
  • Stimulates glands/lymph flow
  • Assists breathing and diaphragm function
  • Improves the body’s ability to remove toxins and waste products

Physiological benefits of massage include:

  • Releases emotional blocks
  • Increases mental clarity
  • Releases endorphins
  • Increases body awareness
  • Decreases depression
  • Increases motivation
  • Improves self esteem