Physiologic and Psychologic Benefits of Massage
Massage can play an important role in improving life quality and longevity!
Some of the Physiologic and Psychological benefits of Massage are:
- Improved circulation
- Muscle relaxation
- Freeing of scar tissue
- Improved focus and alertness
- Relaxes and lowers blood pressure
- Imports a feeling of well being and peace
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Performance enhancements for athletes
- Injury prevention
- Recovery from physical or emotional stress
- Stimulates the immune system by stimulating the digestive system and activating the urinary system
- Heals emotions and satisfies the need for caring nurturing touch
- Creates body awareness and can aid meditation
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Enhanced Tissue Profusion
Massage increases Tissue Profusion and Permeability. Tissue Profusion is the ability of bodily fluids (including blood and lymph) to exchange between tissue and organs and the bodily fluids flow through the vessels. Increased Tissue Profusion results in faster and more efficient removal of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes as well as the introduction of nutrient filled oxygenated blood which will improve on muscle recovery, decrease muscle injury, fatigue and improve overall performance.
Tissue manipulation from massage increases nutrient and blood flow throughout the blood vessels and lymph vessels. With that flow of blood comes newly oxygenated and nutrient and energy filled blood along with the removal of metabolic wastes resulting in the optimal environment for muscle performance involving flexibility, strength, neural activation, stamina and overall performance.
Enhanced Tissue Elasticity
Massage improves Tissue Elasticity. Massage increases muscle flexibility by stretching the muscle fibers lengthwise, reducing excess muscle tension and pressure. Intense physical training and exercise will result in tissue hardening which results in a plateau effect in performance. Tissue hardening will decrease flexibility increasing the chances for injury.
For athletes and other active individuals, massage reduces the negative effects of intense workouts and exercise to create the optimal environment for physical performance. See How Sports Massage Improves Athletic Performance<-- back to top