Massage is a treatment which aims to relax, revive and heal the body. Using a variety of movements and manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles in the body, massage therapy works to promote healing and enhance overall well-being, relieve tension, break down fatty tissue and improve muscle tone.
This treatment is adapted to suit individual needs, from massage medium, to massage techniques, the perfect massage is waiting for you.
The positive effects of massage on the body are extensive. Below are just some of the benefits:
- Increased sebum: keeps skin soft, supple and is a natural antibacterial agent. Increases heat and sweat gland activity is increased, which helps excrete waste products.
- Helps to eliminated dead skin cells, encourages new skin cells
- Stimulates or soothes the sensory nerve endings (depends on massage moves used)
Skeleton and Joints
- Increases blood flow to the periosteum - a connective tissue that covers the bones. This will increase the amount of fresh nutrients supplied to the bones.
- Helps ease stiff joints and loosen adhesions, like scar tissue around the joints.
- Improves the blood supply bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.
- Helps remove waste products like lactic acid.
- Warms muscles, which aids contraction - which means the are less prone to injury when exercising.
- Aids tissue repair and muscle recovery.
- Improves muscle tone, elasticity and extensibility.
- Relaxes tense and contracted muscles
- Reduces scar tissue.
- Helps break down fibrositic nodules (knots) in the muscles.
- Can help improve postural faults.
Blood and Lymph Circulation
- Improve circulation
- Widens blood vessels, allows oxygen and nutrients to travel.
- Produces erythema and hyperaemia (flow of blood).
- Brings fresh oxygen and nutrients to tissues.
- Improves venous return and movement of lymph.
- Helps prevent varicose veins.
- Helps reduce high blood pressure.
- Speeds up flow of lymph
- Reduces or prevents oedema (fluid retention)
- Soothes, sedates or stimulates sensory nerves (depends on massage move used).
- Provides fresh nutrients to the nerve cells.
- Reduces the amount of stress hormones released from the adrenal glands, which reduces stress and aids relaxation.
- Can help regulate menstrual cycle disturbed by the effects of stress.
- Can relax chest muscles and improve breathing when feeling anxious
- Improves lung condition due to increased blood circulation to the lung tissue, which in turn helps eliminate carbon dioxide.
- Aids digestion as increased blood circulation helps the absorption and transit of nutrients around the body.
- Stimulates peristalsis (muscle contractions in the gut) when massaging the abdomen
- Improves the movement of waste matter in the colon, relieving flatulence and constipation.
- Can reduce intestinal spasms by soothing the nerves of the alimentary canal i.e. IBS.
- An increased blood circulation improves the health of the reproductive organs.
- Helps relax body which in turn allows reproductive hormones to flow.
- Produces an increased amount of urine due to improved lymphatic flow.