Massaging dates back over 4,000 years in Chinese medical literature and is still used in China and all over the world today. The term ‘massage’ generally describes the actions of pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Professional masseurs and massage therapists mainly use their hands and fingers during a massage but can also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. A massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure techniques and are commonly used for treating injuries, aches and pains.
There are several different types of massage including; Swedish, aromatherapy, holistic, deep-tissue, sports and trigger point.
What are the benefits?
Massages are now being offered alongside standard treatment for many different medical conditions or injuries. Here are the main reasons to have a massage:
– Aches, pains and cramps
– Sports-related injury
– Stress relief
– Help you feel more relaxed
– Manage anxiety and depression
– Aid sleep
– Help posture and flexibility
– Blood pressure control
– Increased blood circulation
– Infant growth
– Increasing immunity
– Cancer treatment
Explaining the body’s benefits
Joints: Massages can relieve joint pain caused by an accident, injury or everyday wear and tear. Massages improve and increases the blood flows to the affected areas relieving pain.
Muscles: Massages can relieve tension in the muscles enabling them to work efficiently again without causing pain or discomfort.
Nervous system: Massages have proven to calm the nervous system which then encourages better communication with the organs helping them to operate at full capacity.
Circulation: When someone is massaged, the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased due to expanding capillaries which increases the circulation.
Lungs: Massages can also be sought out when a person is experiencing congestion or respiratory problems. Massaging the chest, shoulders and back can reduce tension encouraging easier breathing.
Skin: As a body tends to sweat during a massage, toxins are removed from the skin and body.
Digestive systems: Stress and poor eating habits can impact on your digestive system causing pain, indigestion and bloating. Massaging the stomach relieves such symptoms and can improve the functions of the digestive system by stimulating peristalsis- the spontaneous massage action of the intestines.
Emotions: Massages have also shown to influence emotions. Sometimes we store negative emotions inside which can build up causing tension in the muscles. This tension is reduced during a massage which relieves negative emotions and can promote an energetic and revitalised feeling.
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