Massage can stimulate and relax the body and the mind. The skin, blood and lymphatic system are stimulated, which boosts circulation, aids cellular regeneration and removes toxic wastes. As tense muscles relax, stiff joints loosen and nerves are soothed, an all-over feeling of relaxation and well-being come about.
The nervous system is highly complex system which relays messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Depending on the depth of the massage movements used, the nerve endings can be stimulated or soothed.
With massage comes an increase in blood circulation as well. This helps the exfoliation of superficial dead skin cells, tones the skin and encourages its regeneration process. Massage also helps maintain the collagen fibres, which give skin its elasticity and strength, and keep wrinkles at bay.
With the increase in blood flow, the blood’s vital nutrients circulate more efficiently. Massage can improve muscle tone, restore mobility and ensure the elimination of waste products after exercise. With regular massage, strains and sprains heal more rapidly. Massage before an exercise session will help loosen and warm up the muscles, or afterwards it will ease sore, aching limbs.
By dilating the blood vessels, massage increases the blood circulation, which helps accelerate the lymphatic system, which absorbs and removes waste substances. Massage is an important means of speeding up the flow of the lymph, encouraging a more effective filtering and removal of waste throughout the body.
Massage also mobilizes the digestive system so that the process of assimilation and elimination are improved, helping problems like constipation and flatulence. The digestive system is quick to respond to stress, and the reduction in anxiety and nervousness which comes with regular massage has a regulating effect on the digestion.