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Benefits of Massage
Benefits of Massage
The benefits of massage are extensive. Massage can be used to help preserve and modify illness. It can work in conjunction with orthodox and complementary therapies, and is in itself an enjoyable and healthy activity.
During massage, the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased due to the expansion of the capillaries. This causes a temporary reduction in systolic, and diastolic blood pressure, as well as a slight increase in the heart rate.
Massage can soothe joint pain caused by injury, inflammation, and every day exertion by promoting increased blood flows to the affected areas.
Breathing can be greatly improved through massage of the chest, shoulders, and back. Reducing tensions in these areas can assist in the removal of congestion from the lungs, aiding respiratory conditions.
During massage, perspiration may be increased, thereby removing additional toxins from the body.
The nervous system assists in the regulation of all other systems of the body. Through massage the nervous system is calmed, allowing better communication with the organs, helping them to operate more effectively.
One of the primary functions of the digestive system is to remove waste and toxins from the body. However, stress and poor eating habits can prohibit this system from working efficiently, resulting in indigestion, bloating, and constipation. Massage can improve the functions of the digestive system and relieve these symptoms by stimulating peristalsis, the spontaneous massage action of the intestines.
The lymphatic system is a part of the body which helps fight infection. As such, its efficiency of operation plays a vital role in overall health. Through massage, congestion in the lymphatic system may be eased, improving this system\'s overall effectiveness, and strengthening the body\'s ability to fight infection.
One of the most common reasons for getting a massage is relief of muscle tension. Massage releases built up tension from tight muscles, enabling them to once again work efficiently.
The negative emotions we sometimes store inside can lead to tension in the muscles, which can be alleviated through the movements of massage. The counter pressure on the muscles dissipates tension, freeing it to be converted into energy.