Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage isn't just an alternative approach to health; it is recognized as part of the health care industry. A single massage produces measurable biological effects. Here is a list benefits you could experience by getting a massage. At Angel's Hand - Massage and Bodywork, a massage can:

How it works

Circulation: During massage, the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased due to the expansion of the capillaries. This causes a temporary reduction in systolic, and diastolic blood pressure, as well as a slight improvement in the heart rate.

Digestive System: One of the primary functions of the digestive system is to remove waste and toxins from the body. However, stress and poor eating habits can prohibit this system from working efficiently, resulting in indigestion, bloating, and constipation. Massage can improve the functions of the digestive system and relieve these symptoms by stimulating peristalsis, the spontaneous massage action of the intestines.

Emotions: A single massage session has been proven to significantly descrease the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) while increasing the levels of oxytocin (happiness hormone)2. The negative emotions we sometimes store inside can lead to tension in the muscles, which can be alleviated through the movements of massage. The counter pressure on the muscles dissipates tension, freeing it to be converted into energy. In short, tension and emotions exacerbate each other; by improving one, you assist the other.

Joints: Massage can soothe joint pain caused by injury, inflammation, and every day exertion by promoting increased blood flows to the affected areas as well as improving range of motion.

Lungs: Breathing can be greatly improved through massage of the chest, shoulders, and back. Reducing tensions in these areas can assist in the removal of congestion from the lungs, aiding respiratory conditions.

Immune System: A single massage session has been proven to increase the number of lymphocytes (white blood cells, the soldiers of the immune system)2. The lymphatic system is a part of the body which helps fight infection. As such, its efficiency of operation also plays a vital role in overall health. Through massage, congestion in the lymphatic system may be eased and excess lymph fluid can be drained. This improves this system's overall effectiveness and strengthens the body's ability to fight infection.

Muscles: One of the most common reasons for getting a massage is relief of muscle tension. Massage releases built up tension from tight muscles. This enables them to once again work efficiently and improves flexibility and tone

Nervous System: The nervous system assists in the regulation of all other systems of the body. Through massage the nervous system is calmed, allowing better communication with the organs, helping them to operate more effectively. Some impinged nerves can be treated by simply reducing muscle tension.

Skin: Massage helps reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increase circulation and nutrition to the skin. Angel's Hand uses an oil blend enhanced with vitamins designed to remoisturise, soften, and tone skin. In addition, massage helps to break up adhesions between the skin and underlying tissues that result in decreased appearance of cellulite and an increase in skin fullness.

1Massage Nerd - Benefits of Massage
2Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage

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Questions

You may ask me during your appointment if you have any questions, and you may also contact me with any questions.