Friday, 17 March 2017

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • The immediate benefit of a massage is to produce a feeling of relaxation and release. The release of tension and stress can lead to a reduction in pain. This comes about through both the comfort and assurance of gentle physical contact and firm massage movements.
  •  As well as producing a relaxed feeling, massage applied with gentle vigour can equally stimulate the body and mind, i.e. Indian Head Massage.
  • A vigorous massage can also assist the athlete preparing for a sporting event by rapidly increasing the blood supply and generally 'waking up' the muscle for activity.
  • Massage can increase the circulation of blood around the body and improve the number of red blood cells and haemoglobin present in the blood.
  • The flow of lymph is also encouraged. Lymph is the fluid that assists in the removal of waste products from around the body's systems, and massaging areas of injuries can encourage the body's healing.
  • Massage can also assist in retaining tone in muscles that may have wasted through under use, particularly after an injury.
  • It can assist digestion through abdominal massage.
  • Produces feelings of well-being and contentment.

  • Massage is frequently used to assist in the treatment of anxious and depressed patients, both acute and chronic.
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