PracticeImportance of Body Massage

A body massage is an essential part of a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body equally; be it the digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine or nervous system. The best body massage follows a series of specific manipulations with the hands on the soft tissue of the body and has a therapeutic effect.

Stress is the constant factor in everyday living that causes muscular tension, which in turn results in tightness in the muscles, reducing the flow of energy through the body. This energy could be in the form of blood and oxygen, nerves, lymph supply and reduction in energy-supply leads to people feeling fatigue, heaviness, reduced flexibility and limited range of joint movements. This also increases chances of strain and injury while leading to toxins building up in the body. A powerful body massage therapy can help the recipient to release this stress and allow healing to take place through re-directing the body’s own energy. A body massage can relieve problems like migraines, help in post injury rehabilitation, give comfort from whiplash and respiratory problems, pain due to arthritis or in the lower back, leg aches, circulatory and digestive/lower bowel disorders as well as neck and shoulder pain.

Massage is largely about increasing your blood flow in your body as well as warming up the tissues to release toxins. Touch has always been a vital part of humanity but unfortunately massage has journeyed on a roller coaster of sorts in the integrity department! Today this important part of health care is making a revival while working hand in hand with countless types of therapies, maintenance practices and recovery techniques.

Main Benefits of Massage:

  • Increase Blood and Lymph Circulation
  • Reduce Stress and Tension
  • Increase Range of Motion
  • Improve Joint and Muscle Flexibility
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Helps Manage Pain
  • Strengthens the Immune System
  • Speeds sports injury recovery
  • Reduces spasms and cramping
  • Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication

Just to name a few!

We are in a constant state of detoxification. Through our diet and environment alone we take in a multitude of toxins and substances that our body has to work on getting back out. Add this to our body fighting sicknesses, disease, injury, stress and intentional detoxing, it is great to know of different ways to help.

One of the reasons I love massage so much is because it is a therapeutic aid for removing toxins and waste from my body, it relieves my stress, keeps headaches away and MOST IMPORTANTLY! – It feels great!

As the muscles are worked there are a few things that are going on.

One main thing is our nervous system begins to relax. Stress can start to leave our body and our tension can start to melt. This allows the toxins and lactic acids in its’ grip, to flush away.

Through the kneading of the muscles, nutrient rich blood rushes in. Adhesions can release and free the muscle fibers allowing them to function again. Our muscles are made up of strands of muscle fibers all bundled together AND the bundles are all bundled together. Each fiber and each bundle is wrapped in fascia. Fascia needs to be lubricated as well as be able to glide freely. When we get injured, dehydrated, stressed or ill, it starts to get stuck and that is usually what we refer to as “knots”.

Ok, so we all know muscles burn more calories than fat. Well, if our muscles are all tied up in knots and start to bunch up….guess what, we start burning less calories. Obviously massage can only work so far in this process. Practices like yoga, pilates or just stretching can begin to elongate and rework our muscles so that they will be lean mean fat burning machines!