Why is Massage good for your health?
The skeletal system
Your bones are affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Joint stiffness and pain may be reduced. As the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.
The muscular system
Some massage movements relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramp. Massage also may help muscles to be more flexible by reducing tight muscular fibres.. Muscles tired by exercise are likely to be restored by massage more quickly than by just resting them.
The nervous system
Soothing massage can help provide relief from nervous irritability and stress-related conditions such as insomnia and tension headaches. When used energetically to stimulate, massage may relieve lethargy and fatigue.
Massage can improve the flow of blood, which can help poor circulation.
Gentle massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps clear the body of a build-up of waste products. The relaxing effect of the massage can relieve stress, which in turn can boost the immune system.
As you become more relaxed during a massage, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy.
Massage aids relaxation and therefore can help to increase the movement of food and waste products through the digestive system. This relaxation can have a balancing effect on the digestive system.
Waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they may be filtered out and eliminated.
Female reproductive system
Menstrual problems such as period pains and PMS can be alleviated by the relaxing effects of massage, as can menopausal symptoms