Many think that having a massage is an indulgence, but in fact, the actual physical manipulation that takes place during a massage has many benefits, both mental and physical.
A masage can increase blood and lymph circulation while relaxing the soft tissue – muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments – which releases nerves and deeper connective tissue.
The reason you feel different after a massage is because it can help heal and invigorate tired, aching or injured muscles. Message increases blood and lymph circulation which is beneficial just for this purpose.
Years of repetitive activity can lock the body into a routine which limits its range of motion and can cause the various muscle fibres in our body to start to stick to each other and become adhered. This hard and lumpy feeling is a muscle ‘knot’. Muscle knots are incredibly common and painful and can be eased with massage.
A massage by a trained and experienced therapist can help to relieve pain, stiffness and discomfort. Its a direct form of therapy that targets exactly where the issues reside. By dealing with the problems directly and naturally, without the use of medication, the muscles are not only relieved but are brought back to the time before the issue arose.
A massage can help improve circulation because the circulatory system is intertwined with the muscles and restoring the proper function of the muscles opens up the blood vessels and increases blood flow. It can also help detoxify the system and promote relaxation.
A massage doesn’t just make your body feel good, it also has several psychological benefits. It can help decrease anxiety by realigning the muscles. Your mind is then told by your body that the physical cues which indicate anxiety have been removed. It can also enhance the quality of sleep, which in turn increases your energy levels and reduces fatigue.
After a massage, be sure to drink a glass of warm water. It is believed that the water will help the kidneys and other organs flush out the toxins stimulated by the massage from your system.