What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin. It also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), which also assists in the body’s cleansing process.
Some Benefits Of Massage
- Eases tension, stiffness and pain.
- Improves breathing.
- Improves circulation.
- Enhances well-being.
Massage therapy helps reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy.
The Effects Of Massage
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore an individual’s physical and mental well being.