People have always equated Massage Therapy as a form of relaxation. I mean, can you blame them? The relative calm and peace of mind that they get through massage are large factors as to why people get massages. However, many simply do not know that there is more to massage than simple relaxation.
Breaking Down Massage Therapy
A massage is a therapeutic regimen that involves the application of pressure, rubbing movements, and purposeful manipulation of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in order to provide a certain therapeutic benefit. Whether that be in a specific spot on your body or just to feel a new sense of relaxation, massage therapy is the way to go!
Massages can bring a whole range of health benefits that can significantly impact the way the human body is able to function through increasing improvement.
Massage and Mental Health
A life riddled with stress can lead to behavioural, mood, and bodily changes that can significantly impact your overall bodily disposition. Massage therapy has been illustrated to increase the body’s production of natural ‘feel-good’ substances known as endorphins. Together with Dopamine and Serotonin, these body produced substances are known to provide a general sense of well-being to help you regain control in your life.
Massage therapy promotes a calming and relaxing effect with the release of these same substances. You will feel much more relaxed and worry-free after an hour’s session with a Registered Massage Therapist. Often times, your biggest stressor is no where in your mind immediately after a massage.
Massage and the Musculoskeletal System
Hand in hand with the effects that massage therapy has on mental health, is that the impact that it makes in the functioning of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Range of motion of the joints is optimized and muscle aches and pains are reduced, if not eliminated overtime. With purposeful manipulation of the vertebra and corrections in the natural movements of the body, you will gain absolute benefits from improved posture within a few sessions.
Clients who have sports injuries, soft tissue injuries, joint disorders, strains, and headaches among others can greatly benefit from a massage.
Massage and the Cardiovascular System
Moving away from the physical effects of massage therapy, comes the large factor of improved blood flow. Long gentle strokes help facilitate the forward movement of blood to help nourish the cells and promote the efficient drainage of metabolic wastes through the lymphatic organs. Your body is a self-healing machine, but sometimes needs a little push to help move things along. With the right push from a Massage Therapist, your blood will be pumping better than ever in no time!
Massage and the Respiratory System
The moments right after a massage, you will feel nothing less than relaxed. In fact, your lungs think the same thing! When massage is done, muscles tend to relax a lot better. The smooth muscles in the respiratory tree also relax in response to the elevation of relaxing neurotransmitters and feel-good substances in the brain. The effect is that the smaller airways are more open and the diaphragm, the main muscle of respiration, is able to contract more efficiently. This results in more efficient breathing, further enhancing the delivery of oxygen to the different tissues and organs of the body.
Massage Therapy as a Whole
It is without a doubt that a massage is simply more than just an hour of pure relaxation. The effects of a massage are more than just skin deep, and is a great holistic wellness method for the whole body.
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