• Courtney Hutson

Massage Effects & Benefits

Updated: Apr 20

Lets start from the basic! Massage is very important for you and everyone you know! Massage should be included in your life, at least once a month! But you may ask why!! This blog is for you then!


We will learn why we should get massages, effects of massage, effects on some body systems and the difference between Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage.

Effects On The Body

Massage can have physical, mental and psychological effects on the human body.


Physical

  • Increase metabolism

  • Hastens healing

  • Relaxes & refreshes the muscles

  • Helps to prevent and relieve muscle cramps & spams

  • Helps to relieve muscle tension & stiffness

  • Reduces pain & swelling

  • Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

  • Provides greater joint flexibility & range of motion

  • Enhance athletic performance

  • Promotes deeper & easier breathing

  • Improves circulation of blood & movement of lymph fluids

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches & eye strains

  • Enhances the health & nourishment of the skin

  • Improves posture

  • Strengthen the immune system

Mental

  • Helps relieve stress

  • Aids in relaxation

  • Improves concentration

  • Promotes better sleep

  • Decreases depression

  • Reduces levels of anxiety

  • Improves your mood

  • Promotes energy

  • Increase peace of mind

  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals & respond appropriately

  • Enhance capacity for calm thinking & creativity

  • Increases a feeling of well-being

  • Increase awareness of mind-body connection

Psychological

  • Relieve fatigue

  • Reduce tension

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Calms the nervous system

  • Promotes a sense of renewed energy

  • Rebuild a more positive self image & sense of self worth

  • Reduce depression & promotes a sense of mental alertness

  • Soothes away minor aches & pains

Effects on Some Body Systems


Circulatory System

  • Better cellular nutrition & elimination

  • The work of the heart is lessened because of the improvement in surface circulation

  • Blood pressure & heart rate are temporarily reduced

  • Systolic stroke volume is increased

  • Increased in number of red & white blood cells

  • Contraction of blood vessels

  • Hastens the flow of blood through the superficial veins

  • Increased flow of interstitial fluid

  • Stimulate the flow of blood through the deeper arteries & veins

  • Produces a hyperemia or an increase in the amount of blood stored in the muscle tissue

Nervous System

  • Stimulate nerves

  • Increase nerve irritability

  • Anesthetize the local nerves

  • Desensitizes trigger points

Autonomic Nervous System

  • Stimulate the body, leaving it more alert & energized

  • Sedating the sympathetic nervous system

  • Blood levels of epinephrine & norepinephrine are reduced

  • Heart rate decreased

  • Blood pressure decreased

Muscular System

  • Relaxing tense muscles

  • Releasing muscle spasms

  • Reducing trigger point activity

  • Brings a fresh supply of blood to the muscles

  • Aids in removal of metabolic waste products

  • Helps nourish tissues

  • Prevents & relives stiffness & soreness in muscles

  • Restore muscles

  • Muscle tissue that have suffered injury helps more quickly

  • Release fascial restrictions

  • Reduce thickening of connective tissue

  • Prevent & reduces the development of adhesions & excessive scarring

  • Lubricates the joints

  • Firm & strengthen muscles

  • Stretch & compress various connective tissues

  • Relax & reset muscle tone

  • Warm the tissues

Swedish vs Deep Tissue

Swedish Massage

  • Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage

  • Swedish massage is the place to start if you have never had a massage before

  • Swedish massage is the foundation to all other types of massages

  • When receiving a Swedish massage the main goal for the massage is to relax all the muscles in the body and release in pain that you may have

  • The therapist will work with the soft tissues in the body and muscles to help restore balance and health to the body


Deep Tissue Massage

  • Deep Tissue massage is on the deeper side of massages. But, don't get the name wrong, us therapist go as deep as you can tolerate

  • Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue

  • Some of the strokes are used as classic Swedish techniques, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layers of muscles and the fascia

  • When there is chronic muscle tension or injury to a muscle, there is usually adhesions. Adhesions are bands of painful, rigid tissues combined all together. Adhesions appear in muscles, tensions and ligaments. Adhesions block circulation of blood and can cause pain, limited movement and inflammation. Muscles can be relaxed from adhesions with deep tissue massage, with focus on that area.


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