What are the benefits of massages?

Throughout history, we have used our hands to give comfort and healing to one another.  Touching is contact, warmth, reassurance that we are not alone, affirmation of our sense of being and self-worth, this simple way of communication is something that we all do naturally every day of our lives.

Physiologically, caring touch and massage help the flow of blood and lymph in our bodies.  Touch soothes our nerves and decreases tension producing relaxation and a state of well being.

Complimentary or natural therapies aim to keep people in a balanced state, therefore helping to prevent the onset of disease or illness.

  • Deep, releasing movements
  • Used after relaxing strokes
  • Stretches muscles, improves suppleness and elasticity
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Loosens and disperses tension
  • Helps break down adipose tissue (fat tissue)
  • Breaks down and aids elimination of waste products – lactic acid and urea
  • Decongestive
  • Aids interchange of tissue fluids
  • Releases tension and breaks down adhesions / nodules (scar tissue and lumps just below the skin)
  • Warms tissue
  • Releases Pain
  • Stimulates and clears nerve pathways
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves lymph drainage (to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart)
  • Improves mobility

The Main Psychological Benefits:

  • Relaxation of body and mind, reducing the effects of tension, stress and anxiety
  • Improve a person’s general self-esteem
  • Increase overall energy levels, thus improving their ability to cope with general day-today running of their lives
  • Provide a positive lift to emotions and increase positive feelings

The Main physiological Benefits:

  • Dilates blood vessels, improving circulation and congestion throughout the body
  • Acts as a mechanical cleanser, stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of waste and toxic debris
  • Relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension
  • Increases blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxic lactic acid produced during voluntary muscle contraction
  • Prevents the build-up of harmful ‘fatigue’ products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury
  • Improves muscle tone and helps prevent muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity
  • Compensates (partially) for lack of exercise, especially in persons who are forced to remain inactive due to unfortunate circumstances such as injury, illness or age
  • Helps return venous (used) blood to the heart and so eases the strain on it
  • May have a sedative or stimulating effect on the body depending on the type and duration of massage given
  • Increase nutrition of the tissues as a result of improving general circulation
  • Increases interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells heightening tissue metabolism
  • Increase excretion of fluids and waste products via the kidneys, such as inorganic phosphorus and salt
  • Stretches connective tissue, improves circulation and nutrition, breaking down or preventing the formation of adhesions and hence reduces the danger of fibrosis (the thickening and scarring of connective tissue, usually as a result of injury)
  • Improves circulation and nutrition of joints, hastening the elimination of harmful deposits. This helps lessen inflammation and swelling of joints, alleviating pain
  • Disperses oedema (a condition characterised by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body)
  • Massage makes you feel good!

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