Massage therapy works the superficial and deep layers of skin, muscle and organs of the body and elongates muscle tissues that have contracted from overuse; lack of use, illness, injury and unhealthy lifestyles. Massage causes relaxation and mechanical responses in your body. Your nervous system responds through the massage techniques used and by physical touch. When pressure is applied to the soft tissue of the body a physical result occurs. These responses produce the physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy.
When your body is able to have relief from pain, your body responds by relaxing. This allows your heart rate and breathing to slow down. Your blood pressure also responds by going down and the stress hormones your body creates decreases. Your muscles are able to relax. Massage has been shown to increase the body’s production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering hormone serotonin. This becomes a positive affect on your emotions. This elevates stress, which can be associated with some symptoms such as: hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive disorders
It can also slow the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Massage is often used as therapy for people whose immune systems are compromised by stress.
Massage Therapy manipulates the soft tissue of the body, which increases blood and lymph circulation. This relaxes the muscles, tissues, tendons and ligaments, which in turn, releases nerves and deeper connective tissues. When the body has improved circulation, oxygen and nutrients supplied to the cells is enhanced, which leads to toxins and waste being removed from the body.
We know that massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue. When your muscles are in knots, when they are in spasm, it usually means that your muscles are in a contracted state. That can also create the nerves around them to be compressed. Massage Therapy relaxes the muscles, which in turn relaxes the compressed nerves. This process improves the function of your muscles and organs. They can obtain nutrients and perform appropriately.
Everything within our body is connected… Organs, muscles, bones and nerves. If one is in distress, that can create another distress or dysfunction.
Massage Therapy stimulates a positive chain of events which affects the Mind, Body and Soul