The Benefits of Massage
The benefits of massage should be seen in the context of the whole of the person; physical, emotional, mental, psychological.
The Physical benefits of massage
The Respiratory System:
The respiratory system will benefit as the lungs will be encouraged to work in a slower and deeper way as the body relaxes, more oxygen will therefore be taken into bloodstream and circulates around the body.
The Muscular System:
Muscle tone can be improved through regular massage and muscular atrophy can be reduced. Muscles receive increased blood, oxygen and nutrient supplies and are their functioning is therefore improved. Cramps, spasms, muscular knots, aches and pains can be released. By working on the shoulders, back and neck muscles headaches and backaches can be relieved.
The Circulatory System:
Massage improves and stimulates the blood supply to and from the heart. Improved circulation to the joints through massage can also be beneficial to arthritis sufferers as this helps to reduce inflammation and increase the elimination of toxins and waste products kept in the muscles and blood supply around the joints.
Improved circulation also helps the body to heal injures e.g. sprains, cuts, bruises by enabling the natural healing processes to go into action quicker and more effectively. The health and quality of the skin can also be improved by regular massage because nutrient supply delivered to the skin by a blood will be increased and toxins will be eliminated quicker.
The Lymphatic System:
The lymphatic system is made up of the network of lymphatic vessels running throughout the body. The main function of the lymphatic system is the body’s defense mechanism. Infectious materials and foreign bodies are filtered through the lymph nodes to prevent them returning into blood supply. Massage is very important in stimulating the body’s immune system. Massage strokes can be directed towards the lumps nodes to encourage the toxins to be eliminated out of the body.
The Urinary System:
Massage stimulates the urinary system by enabling the waste products in the body to be eliminated more effectively. Water retention and edema can be helped by regular massage as the function of the kidneys is increased.
The Digestive System:
Massage is an excellent for stimulating the digestive system. Constipation and stress related digestive problems can be eased by regular massage.
The Reproductive System:
Painful periods can be relieved by regular massage as massage promotes muscular and emotional relaxation, stimulates the circulation and endocrine system.
The Endocrine System:
The endocrine system is the hormonal system of the body and plays an important part in regulating body functions. Endocrine glands secrete hormones which are carried in the blood stream to the various parts of the body. During massage pace of blood circulation increase and hormones can be delivered faster to its destination.
The Nervous System:
By just massaging the back the whole of central system can be stimulated and a full body massage will stimulate and clear the pathways of nervous system to all the parts of the body.
The Psychological benefits of massage:
The massage can enable a person to feel cared for and nurtured. By receiving the attention of the therapist during massage, a person can gain personal confidence and self-esteem. Challenging behavior and anxiety can be reduced. Massage promotes good sleep patterns enabling the body to enter a state to heal itself. Good sleep is very healing and important for person’s wellbeing.
The Emotional benefits of a massage:
A person can hold feelings and emotions trapped deep inside the body. It is possible that during a massage these feelings and emotions may be released. Emotional stress can be reflected in the body by a physical pain and tension. Massage can enable a person to enter a positive state of mind though gaining new energy to face emotional problems.
The Mental benefits of massage:
Massage can enable a person to enter a deep state of relaxation in which any mental stress and fatigue can be released. Massage can enable a person to progress into a positive state of mind though gaining new energy to face problems with clarity and focus
Irmina has changed my life. I have been coming to her regularly for two years now. Every single time she finds where I am keeping all the stresses of my life, packed away in my shoulders and thighs and back and, well, everywhere. She knows just where to look with her skilled hands and how to coax the tension out of my body so I can move onward and upward. In the time I have been her client I have discovered things about myself which I never knew, and I don't think it is a coincidence. Where the body goes the mind follows. I am so grateful to Irmina for guiding my body on a healing journey. She has been a gift from the heavens for me. I hope to continue to enjoy her (sometimes painful) but always wonderful therapeutic touch for many years to come.