REDUCED MUSCLE TENSION
Massage relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression. When muscles are contracted, they sometimes compress the nerves around them. When these muscles are relaxed, the nerves are no longer compressed and operate more efficiently, improving muscle function.
The pressure created by the massage moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation.
INCREASED JOINT MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
Massage is a safe, natural way to help relax the muscles and bring movement back into the joints.
It can also increase range of motion in the surrounding muscles, reduce swelling by moving fluid out of the area, and activate the muscles.
IMROVED SKIN TONE
Massages increase blood flow and aids the health of your immune system. Getting rid of toxins in the body allowing more room for nutrients. And with enhanced circulation comes improved skin tone and texture.
HEIGHTENED MENTAL ALERTNES/RELAXATION
Massage promotes a more relaxed state of mental alertness; which can help to quiet the mind and enter a state of total relaxation, relaxing the entire body, grounding yourself and connecting to your body.
STIMULATION OF THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and increases lymph flow. A more efficient lymphatic system can reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness and decrease swelling, muscular fatigue, weakness and pain.
REDUCTION OF THE STRESS HORMONES
Multiple studies have shown that massage therapy
can lower cortisol levels, increase dopamine and serotonin (our happy, feel-good hormones), and lower excitatory hormones like norepinephrine and epinephrine.
IMPROVED RECOVERY OF SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
Soft tissue injury is an umbrella term for injuries effecting muscles, tendons and/or ligaments primarily. Ignoring the swelling and pain associated with these injuries can lead to more serious problems. Massage therapy is a treatment that can help relieve the pain of soft tissue injuries and aid in faster recovery times.
REDUCED ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Helps relieve mental stress and reduces anxiety levels by producing endorphin’s such as serotonin and dopamine which help with depression. Satisfies the need for touch, which fosters a feeling of well-being. Negative emotions like anxiety, and depression will manifest as physical symptoms, such as increased aggression, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.