We all know that massage can reduce pain in achy muscles, it can reduce stress, relax you, and make you feel better - but did you know that it also has physical, mental, emotional, and psychological effects?
Massage therapy can heal all organ systems of the body:
Muscular system: Massage facilitates removal of metabolic waist and lymph movement, which improves immune function. Promotes muscle relaxation and enhances pliability of the connective tissue and releases adhesions. It relieves muscle pain from tension and poor circulation. Massage relieves myofascial trigger points.
Skeletal system: Massage promotes joint flexibility and range of motion and proper skeletal alignment.
Integumentary system: Massage stimulates sensory receptors in the skin, it removes dead cells increasing sebaceous gland secretions, adding moisture to the skin and facilitating healthy scar formation.
Nervous & endocrine systems: Massage releases endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural pain killers, and it engages the parasympathetic nervous system, creating a relaxing effect.
Cardiovascular system: Massage increases general and local circulation, it enhances venous return, and reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
Lymphatic system: Massage increases lymph fluid movement and improves immune function.
Respiratory system: Encourages diaphragmatic breathing, rib cage expansion and relaxes the muscles of respiration.
Digestive system: Improves digestion with relaxation and facilitates bowel movements (specifically, abdominal massage).
Urinary system: Massage enhances circulation to the kidneys and increases urinary production.
Mental & psychological systems: Massage increases mental clarity, reduces anxiety, facilitates emotional release and promotes feelings of well–being.