A full-body massage will put you in a state of total relaxation, with soft music, low lighting, and a feeling of tranquility. It will also put your body into full activation mode. A massage stimulates your:
☆ nervous system
☆ wakes up your muscles, organs, and glands
☆ moves blood and lymph fluid
☆ stimulates cells to produce
☆ releases chemicals and hormones
So, your body needs a massage to renew itself and reverse the effects of stress. Benefits include:
☆ The slight friction of your massage therapist’s hands along with the massage lotion and oil causes gentle exfoliation, allowing fresh skin cells to emerge.
☆ As you relax, your nervous system enters a ‘rest and digest’ mode. This means that hormone production will balance out. Production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids (LDL) decreases, as feel good endorphins increase. Hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles, menstrual cycles, immune cells, blood sugar, and even how much food you eat, all react positively to the relaxation that accompanies a full-body massage.
☆ If you have areas of pain and tension in your body, it’s possible that they are the result of pressure on nerves caused by tight muscles, and massage may relieve it.
☆ When your muscles contract, blood and lymph fluid are squeezed out, and when they relax fresh blood enters bringing fresh nutrition, oxygen, and immune cells. Massage incorporates stretching and a range of motion movements, which mobilizes the joints and places beneficial tension on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
☆ The lymphatic system balances the fluid and the function of your immune system. Massage aids the flushing of blood through muscle and tissue, which also drain the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes filter out dead cells, waste products, and possible pathogens. Sluggish lymph flow contributes to fluid retention.
☆ Massage encourages blood flow, which brings calcium and other minerals to your bones to support their strength and function, so your skeletal system receives a major boost.
☆ Massage is good for your heart as the vasodilation produced increases your venous return, which increases blood flow and delivery of oxygen to all your organs. Your entire cardiovascular system relaxes and circulation improves, which helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
☆ Stress negatively impacts the digestive system. Massage helps how your body processes food and nutrients. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates your digestion and stimulates peristalsis, which moves food through your intestines. When food moves smoothly through the digestive system your stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines work together for maximum nutrient absorption, which supports your overall well-being.
☆ Unrestricted breathing relieves stress. Tension accumulates in the shoulder, chest, and neck muscles, so breathing becomes restricted when we’re stressed. Massage relaxes, and so, breathing deepens and evens to a natural breathing rhythm.
☆ Massage improves muscle flexibility by increasing blood-flow and oxygen circulation to the muscles, decreasing muscular tightness, and lengthening tissue. Maintaining flexibility is key as we age.
☆ Massages boosts the immune system, due to an increase in blood circulation, blood oxygenation, and healing cells, and a decrease in cortisol. The immune system is what fights off viruses and diseases, so give it a hekping hand ti work at it’s best capacity.
☆ Massages promotes the production of serotonin, which is a feel good neurotransmitter, and helps to increase melatonin, which leads to a better sleep cycle.
☆ Massage reduces pain. It decreases muscle tightness and pain related to trigger points. It can also help to desensitize areas that are painful, and reduce the mind-body hypersensitivity related to chronic pain. Reduced pain can lead to an improvement in quality of life, increase in activity level, improved mood and much more!
As you can see from this list, massage therapy produces many benefits, and these are just at the top!