Does Massage affect the body as a whole?

Massage benefits the whole body. These are some examples of the benefits of massage on the systems of the body.

  • Integumentary System (skin, hair, nails, etc.)
    Stimulates sensory receptors in the skin; increases superficial circulation; removes dead skin; adds moisture while applying oil or lotion and increases sebaceous gland excretions.
  • Connective Tissue (fascia)
    Improves the pliability of the fascia (the layers of connective tissue that infuse and surround cells, nerves, muscles, bones and organs throughout the body) and separates tissues.
  • Circulatory System
    Increases local circulation; enhances venous return and reduces blood pressure and heart rate with regular relaxation massage.
  • Muscular System
    “Milks” metabolic waste into the venous and lymph flow; relaxes the muscles (general and specific) and relieves myofascial trigger points.
  • Nervous System
    Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (ie: relaxation); reduces pain (neural-gating mechanism) and increases body awareness.
  • Endocrine System
    Stimulates the release of endorphins, thereby reducing the sensation of pain.
  • Immune System
    Increases the lymphatic flow and improves the immune function via stress reduction.
  • Digestive System
    Increases the movement of the contents of the Large Intestines and promotes better digestion with relaxation.
  • Mental Effects
    Increases mental clarity.
  • Emotional Effects
    Reduces anxiety and promotes general feelings of well-being and the release of unexpressed emotions

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